July 24, 2013 — East Carter eighth grade softball player Montana Fouts has one favorite pitch.
“A strike,” Fouts said.
While she is clever in her answers, the gun-slinging Fouts stays true to her word in developing pitches for her role in the 2014 season for the Lady Raiders.
“I always think about what I can throw and not the batter,” Fouts said. “Getting a chance to play with older teammates (like on East Carter’s varsity team), it brings out the best in me with competition on the mound and at the plate.”
Fouts is a year-round softball junkie. She plays on two different, top-notch traveling teams, the West Virginia Dusters 14U and Thunder Elite of Youngstown, Oh. Both teams have won several young exposure tournaments.
“We practice five days a week and keep getting better,” Fouts said. “The tournaments that we’ve won over the past year have been great.”
“She’s a next level talent,” Thunder Elite Coach Jeff Steiner said. “I’ve been coaching seven years and she comes around once in a lifetime as a pitcher. She could be a top five pitcher in the country in her age group.”
Fouts’ ability and drive have turned a lot of heads this summer as she fires pitch after pitch across the plate. At one point, a pitch was clocked at 63 miles per hour, which surprised her high school coach, Derek Calhoun.
“She works her butt off and a lot of people are taking notice,” Calhoun said. “She’s very athletic and she works all year round. You can tell the girls who do that, and she pitches just about every day.”
Fouts remembers when she was seven years old, hanging out with a friend when she was introduced to softball. She enjoyed pitching.
“I thought I would like it,” Fouts said. “I was watching a game with my friend and her grandpa gave pitching lessons so I went to that.”