Badin's Rawlings named LaRosa's Athlete of the Week
- NAME: Nicole Rawlings
- SCHOOL: Badin High School
- SPORT(S): Softball
- GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
- GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: 2017 1st team all-state
- BIRTHDATE: 11/15/99
- HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'8"-185 lbs.
- RESIDENCE: Hamilton
- PARENTS: Russell (Dusty) & Rene
- BIGGEST INFLUENCE: Parents & grandparents
- FUTURE GOAL: Become a physical therapist
One of the area's elite softball players, Badin High School senior Nicole Rawlings is an all-star left-handed pitcher and first baseman. Entering this season, she is 53-6 in the circle over the last three varsity seasons.
Nicole entered her senior season having led the Lady Rams last year to an undefeated 13-0 record in conference play and a 26-3 record over all. She helped the team capture league, sectional and district championships, and a regional semifinalist finish.
So far this season, Nicole in the circle is 9-3 with 73 strikeouts in 76 innings and has a 1:37 ERA. At the plate she is hitting .508 with 27 RBI.
Her junior numbers fill up a stat sheet - she led the league in pitching record (24-3), innings pitched (173.2), strikeouts (195), shutouts (7) and ERA (0.97). Along the way, she also managed to hit .427 with 32 RBI, 11 doubles, four triples and three home runs.
Her numerous honors include last year being named Journal-News Area Pitcher of the Year, 1st team all-GGCL Co-Ed Central, Cincinnati Div. III Player of the Year (Enquirer), 1st team all-city (Enquirer) and 1st team all-Ohio Div. III.
An honor roll student and National Honor Society member who is active in community service, Nicole plays for the Ohio Hawks' club team and will play softball collegiately at Ursuline College.
Her favorite athlete is Keilani Ricketts, favorite entertainer is Chris Martin (Coldplay), favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry and most-like-to-meet are Jenny Finch and Kirk Cousins.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Nicole is a fierce competitor. She leads her team with command of the circle. Her teammates feel confident in the field with Nicole on the mound."
— Greg Stitzel, Softball Coach