Athlete of the Week (Mar. 5-10): Greyson Way

Greyson Way has been named the Daily Journal’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Monday, Mar. 5.

Way is a junior for the Richmond softball team who dominated on the mound and at the plate in two convincing wins over conference foe Purnell Swett last week. In 10 innings of throwing, she racked up a total of 17 strikeouts and only allowed three runs on seven hits. As a batter, Way finished the week with six RBI on four hits — one being a lead-off homer.

Way leads the team with her six RBI and is tied with Brianna Baysek for most hits (3) and batting average (.444) in the three games played.

“It feels good to be able to be a leader on the team…and just help my team as much as I can,” Way said. “I think as a team we were more mentally prepared (last week). We definitely wanted to beat Marlboro, but since we didn’t we wanted to bounce back for sure.”

The switch to being the team’s ace is something different for Way, who had pitched for years on the travel-ball circuit but played the infield in her first two years at Richmond due to the team already having its starting pitchers.

Her first game on the mound ended in a 4-0 loss to Marlboro Academy (S.C.), but the back-to-back victories over Purnell Swett now has Way at 2-1 overall in her varsity career. She has 26 strikeouts and a 2.06 ERA.

“I didn’t miss my spots all the time in the first game, but the ones I did miss they took advantage of and hit it. So I had to turn that around and make sure I was hitting my spot every single pitch that she called,” she said.

Way pitched her first career no-hitter and hit a double in a 10-0 victory over Pinecrest on Tuesday.

Below are Way’s answers to three of the questions presented by the Daily Journal:

Q: Who’s your biggest influence?

A: My biggest influence would be my parents just because they push me all the time. They’ve been to every game and just help me be a better person on and off the field.

Q: What would be your first purchase if you won the lottery?

A: I would buy a really big house and probably a new car. Then I’d straight to vacation after that.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: I’m going to go to UNCG to play softball but after that I have to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to be a physical therapist as of right now.