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Player Profile – Natalie Barcinas – Cranberry and EYT Media are doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.

NATALIE BARCINAS – Junior – Cranberry

Daughter of: Sherry Barcinas and Glenn Barcinas

Sports Played: Volleyball and softball

2015-16 Highlights: Barcinas was a key member of Cranberry’s District 9 Class AA runner-up softball team last year seeing considerable time in the circle, along with her sister Sarah, and also contributing as one of the Lady Berries top hitters. She threw a perfect game in a 4-0 win over Venango Catholic May 11 striking out 17 of the 21 batters she faced. She was named second-team All-KSAC as a pitcher.

Post High School Goals: Natalie would like to attend college and major in the medical field. She would love to play college softball and has already been contacted by several coaches.

Q&A With Natalie Barcinas

D9Sports: Do you have a favorite sport, and if so why?
NB: Softball. I’ve been playing softball since I was 5 years old, and it’s been my favorite sport ever since. I fell in love with the game at a young age.

D9: What is your best high-school related sports memory and why?
NB: My best high school related sports memory was when I pitched a perfect game against VC. I really enjoyed that because it was my first perfect game in my softball career.

D9: Has there been a coach and/or teacher who has influenced you the most in your high-school career to this point, and if so, why?
NB: My dad, Glenn Barcinas, the assistant coach for the Cranberry High School softball team, has influenced me the most in my high school career. He is always there for me and only wants the best for me. Not only does he want the best for me during sports but academics also. I can always count on my dad/coach to be there for me on my good and bad days. He’s my number 1 fan, and I’m really thankful for that.

D9: What do you like best about playing sports in high school?
NB: A few things I like best about playing sports in high school are creating amazing memories, making friends and having a great time playing a sport I love.

D9: What is the hardest part about playing sports in high school?
NB: The hardest thing about playing sports in high school for me would be balancing my sports, social life and academics.

D9: How much offseason work do you put into your sports?
NB: I play travel softball year round so I never really get a break from it.

D9: What is your favorite subject in school?
NB: Math

D9: What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t playing sports?
NB: I love to spend quality time with my family/friends and travel.

D9: What are your goals for the upcoming school year both sports wise and academically?
NB: My goals for the upcoming school year with sports are to be the starting varsity pitcher for Cranberry High School softball and to have a varsity position in volleyball. Academically, my goal is to continue to achieve straight A’s and get a higher rank in my class.