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Softball: North Feature Athlete – Hampton’s Claire Welka

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Claire Welka
School: Hampton
Sport: Softball
Grade: Senior
Position: Pitcher

In a preseason questionnaire Hampton coach Ron Fedell, when asked to assess his team for this season, said “If I can find a pitcher, we should make the playoffs.” Three games into the season the Talbots were 0-3 but Fedell had found his pitcher and now the Talbots have found their way into the playoffs.

“Claire really worked hard in the offseason,” Fedell said. “She has worked on her change up and drop curve. She has really established herself as one of the best pitchers in the WPIAL.”

Welka was 6-2 this season and 5-2 in section contests.

“Claire can move the ball around,” Fedell said. “She changes speeds; she never throws the same pitch in the same spot. She is a smart pitcher, she knows when to go inside, when to go outside. Claire is a very heady pitcher.”