Treena Zlotorzynski-Clampitt had no problem taking over as the official scorekeeper for Seton Keough's softball game against Mount de Sales on Monday, even though she played lacrosse goalie at Catonsville High in the late 1980s.
She kept the scorebook for her twin daughters, Allison and Hailee Clampitt, who went a combined 7-for-7 in the Gators’ 12-2 victory.
Lacrosse might have been the sport Zlotorzynski-Clampitt played, but following softball has become a joy for the mom, who watches her daughters play close to their Arubutus home on Caton Avenue in the spring and in nearby Catonsville for the Catonsville Chaos club team in the summer.
What has made it even more fun is the team's success. Seton Keough improved to 10-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference (10-1 overall) with another win over Mount de Sales on Wednesday and a 4-3 victory over Spalding on Thursday.
The twin captains have contributed to that success, and in more ways than is evident. The four-year varsity players agreed to change positions to help the team.
Hailee moved from second base to catcher and has caught four no-hitters by pitcher Kelly Lynch.
Allison was slated to played third base after playing center field last season, but moved to second base to fill Hailee’s spot.
The chain reaction that led to Hailee’s move behind the plate began when projected catcher Lori Sena transferred to Howard High. Coach Chuck Snee thought he would try freshman Imani Dawson at catcher, but moved her to third base instead.
“Imani’s knees started bothering her so I had to get her out of there, and Hailee has been great,” Snee said. “She stepped right in there and you would never know she’s never caught before this year.”
Allison recalled the day when her twin decided to try the new position.
“Coach brought all the captains in the room and said, ‘We are going to have a problem with catcher,’ and we all looked at each other like, ‘What are we going to do?’ ” Allison said.
Hailee, who had caught a little when she played club ball in U10, volunteered.
“I said, ‘Are you sure you don’t want me to do it,' and she was like, ‘I got it,’ ” Allison said. “So she went back there, and she has been awesome.”
Hailee said it hasn't been as easy as she has made it look.
“It’s probably hardest physically to stay in that spot the whole time,” she said. “Also, giving signs and little things like that, there are a lot of little things I didn’t realize went into catching.”
Lynch, who played club ball with Hailee when they were 12, said her new catcher has adapted well. “I know she’s really smart with the game, and I’m comfortable with her,” Lynch said.
Hailee plans to major in engineering and minor in computer science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County next year and doesn't plan to play sports.
“It hasn’t exactly hit me yet, but I’m sure it will eventually,” said Hailee, who carries a 4.5 grade-point average and will be co-valedictorian of her senior class. “I’ve been more focused on catching. It’s kind of hard to say, ‘It’s my senior year’ when you are learning a new position.”
She might continue to play catcher this summer for her club team, the Catonsville Chaos. “She has been willing to play anywhere for us, and we will definitely look at her as a catcher,” Chaos coach Kerry Burns said.
Allison's move has also made a difference.
“Allison spent the first three years in center field and she wanted to be shortstop, and this year I was going to play her at third, but that didn’t work out because I had to move Imani there,” Snee said. "I moved her to second, and she does a great job wherever you put her.”
Allison, who was president of her class all four years, carries a 3.8 GPA and plans to play at Salisbury University, where she will study business and marketing.
“I just want to keep playing,” she said. “I just love the game, and I want to extend my career as long as I can.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun