WDEL Athlete of the Week

Archmere's Gillen is WDEL "HS Athlete of the Week"

By Sean Greene Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 8:49pm
Video Profile of Rachel Gillen
Archmere Academy softball pitcher Rachel Gillen is this week's WDEL High School Athlete of the Week.

Gillen recorded her 1,000th career strikeout in a victory over Smyrna last week.

The southpaw talked about what it takes to be a great pitcher.

"The competitive nature you need to have. You need to want the ball in big situations and in big, tight games. You have to want to be out there and have that drive to help your team."

While softball pitcher is often referred to as one of the most important positions in sports, Rachel says her teammates are also vital to her success.

"They're huge. They keep me focused. Especially Stacy (her catcher), she's been great this year at keeping my head on straight because pitchers, we're a little bit wacky. My defense has played amazing this year, we've been so solid defensively."

Rachel has been known to help her own cause with a clutch hit or two. What feels better, the big strikeout, or the big hit?

"I think it's both. I think it depends on the game. Notching a strikeout is always an exciting feeling, but then when you help your team on the offensive side and you get a big hit that's always a great feeling too."

After graduating from Archmere this spring, Rachel Gillen is off to the University of Virginia where she hopes to become a sports broadcaster. Why Charlottesville?

"It just felt right. It felt perfect, it was a perfect fit. The academics there are top notch. The softball team is playing in the ACC which is one of the top conferences in the country. I absolutely adore the coaches, they are amazing."

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