ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Even after Freshman Carlee Gilham has thrown two no-hitters this season, she doesn’t let the early success go to her head.
“We need to just keep going,” Gilham says. “Not underestimate the team, and keep doing what we are doing.”
Rebels head coach Bill McDonough says even though she’s working through some rookie mistakes, her raw talent is undeniable.
“Our biggest thing with Carlee is when she’s in the circle, she’s owns it. And she does,” McDonough says. “She’s a tremendous competitor when she gets in the circle and that’s the type of kid that can play beyond high school.”
Gilham said before the season started she had almost forgotten about playing softball in college. She didn’t pitch much for her club team, but it was this season’s success, and her parents that put her back on track.
“(My parents) ask me if I want to do it and sometimes I’m not for sure,” Gilham says. “But they just tell me that I can do and that I’m good enough for it. And then I kind of believe in myself and say ‘O.K. maybe I do want to play in college.”
“I said ‘It’s very competitive,'” says her father, Charlie Gilham. “‘And you know you picked the most competitive position in softball so if you work hard everyday we’ll see where it takes you.’”
And her father says from a very young age, he could tell his daughter had some talent.
“I was playing catch with her in the backyard early on and I remember pitching to her she hit the ball over the house,” Charlie Gilham says.
Both McDonough and Charlie Gilham are expecting to see big things from Carlee over the next three years and Notre Dame. But for Carlee it will just be focusing on one goal.
“Just to keep winning and doing our jobs and hitting. fielding pitching,” Gilham says. “Just getting better every game.”
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