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Inside The Dugout: Corona Angels’ Paige Sinicki (9/12/18)

Oregon-commit Paige Sinicki of Corona Angels-Tyson. Photo/Corona Angels.

She might be tiny, but she is mighty.

Oregon-committed Paige Sinicki, a 5-3, 125-pound infielder, proved to be the most explosive player at the 2018 PGF Nationals, delivering home runs and clutch hit after clutch hit to help Marty Tyson’s Corona Angels capture the 14U Premier national championship.

Sinicki fought back from a torn ACL to become the rock of the Corona Angels’ lineup.

“Paige’s will is unbelievable and infectious,” Tyson said. “(Her) work ethis is unmatched. (She) tore her ACL (and) came back to be a huge part of our national championship. All that equals a winner.”

Go “Inside The Dugout” to learn more about one of the top 2021 prospects in the nation.


INSIDE THE DUGOUT: CORONA ANGELS’ PAIGE SINICKI


Oregon-commit Paige Sinicki of Corona Angels-Tyson. Photo/Corona Angels.

Name: Paige Sinicki

High School: Coronado High of Henderson, NV

Club Team: Corona Angels-Tyson 14U (Corona Angels-Slye 16U starting Fall 2018)

Graduation Year: 2021

Height, Weight: 5-3, 125

Position: SS/2B/3B/OF

Nickname: Nugget, 38 Special

Twitter: @paigesinicki

Honors: Member of PGF Nationals 14U Premier championship team (2018), MVP of the PGF 14U Premier Nationals All-Tournament Team (2018), member of Boulder IDT 14U championship team (2018), FloSoftball Top Performer “Best of 2021” at West Coast OnDeck Elite Camp (2016), member of USSSA national championship team (2015), USA Elite Select Far West team member (2015), USA Elite Select Far West Region Try-Out Top Performer (2015), two-time ASA NV state championship team, member of Western NSA World Series Champion (2014), Pitch Hit and Run Team Championship Winner (Padres – 2011 and 2013) and Pitch Hit and Run Team Championship 2nd place finish (Padres – 2010).

Marty Tyson’s Corona Angels won the PGF 14U Premier national championship in 2018. Photo/USA Today.

What have you learned about yourself in the past year? This past year, I have learned that I can’t get down on myself. When I was recovering from my injury, I learned how to not give up in anything I do. A big part of coming back is keeping your head in the correct place. Not being able to play the sport I love taught me a lot of things about the game. It wasawful not playing for seven months, but I learned how to push through obstacles.

Who is the most underrated player on your team? I feel that all the players on my team work so hard every day. Playing for Marty Tyson is an honor and you can never be underrated as a Corona Angel.

What is something you have faced in your life that has helped you become the person that you are today? Honestly, my injury has helped me become the person I am today because it made me stronger, mentally tougher, more driven, and I appreciate being on the field and the opportunity to play softball like I do.

Oregon-commit Paige Sinicki of Corona Angels-Tyson. Photo/Corona Angels.

What’s something that people would be surprised to learn about you? I can juggle pretty good.

If you could have dinner with four people dead or alive, who would it be? Derek Jeter, Zac Efron, Mark Colmerauer and Joyce Sinicki (my Dad’s Mom).

Tell us about the reason you chose your college? I chose the University of Oregon because it reminded me of my parents’ hometown, Buffalo, New York. When I stepped on the campus, it just gave me a feeling of excitement and love. I loved the campus, the facilities and the atmosphere. I have always wanted to play at a top Division I softball program and compete in the WCWS. Academics are also very important to me and Oregon has a top-ranked human physiology program.

What do coaches say they like most about you and your game? Coaches say that they like how I would run through a wall if I had to. They love watching my intensity, passion and excitement for the game. They love my explosiveness for how small I am. Plus, they love my quick instincts and softball IQ. They can tell I’m a leader on the field.

What’s been the highlight of your athletic career so far? My three-run homerun in the semifinal game against Mizuno Storm in the top of the 7th inning to get us to the PGF Nationals championship game (in 2018). Winning the PGF Nationals championship was always a goal for me, so when we won it was a very emotional experience.

Paige Sinicki and Marty Tyson of the Corona Angels. Photo/Corona Angels.

What’s the scariest thing in the world? Literally, all bugs. Also my dad’s front toss.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Alyssa Palomino, who tore two ACLs, told me to stay patient and don’t rush anything when trying to become the same player you were before the injury.

Favorite (ex) pro athlete: Derek Jeter.

Favorite Movie: “Hot Pursuit” or “The Sandlot.”

Favorite song/artist: “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw, the words are amazing.

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Riverdale.”

Favorite motto/philosophy on life: Be kind and work hard. My dad and mom always tell me this every day.

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