Why Porter was selected:
Porter hit for the first cycle of her career in an 8-2 win against Proviso West on senior day May 15.
Katherine Porter has been the linchpin of the Hilltoppers’ order all season, and she had perhaps her best performance of the season on senior day. She hit for the cycle, capped by a solo home run in her final at-bat in the sixth inning, as she went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and four runs scored in an 8-2 victory against Proviso West. Porter, the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week sponsored by Cindy Purdom, spoke with sports editor Jason Rossi about her big day, her college plans, and more. Here’s an edited transcript:
Rossi: A cycle on senior day – how does that feel?
Porter: It’s pretty amazing. I started off with the single and then the triple, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going all the way.’ I got it on my fourth at-bat. I was like, ‘This one has to go out.’ First cycle, and on senior day, so exciting.
Rossi: Did you know it was a home run when it left the bat?
Porter: I wasn’t quite sure because the one before that with the double I was like, ‘I don’t think I got all of that one.’ With the home run I did feel like I did that time.
Rossi: How has the season been going for you personally?
Porter: It’s been great. I think this was my eighth home run and my goal at the beginning of the year was 10, but it’s been great. I’ve been hitting well overall and I hope to keep it going for the last few games.
Rossi: You’ll be playing in college at Olivet Nazarene. How nice is it knowing there is another phase to your career?
Porter: Very exciting. I knew I wanted to play in college from a very young age and Olivet Nazarene coach [Hannah] Gardner gave me my first offer. I visited the school and met the team and loved it.