Putnam City’s Grace Batdorf – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

Putnam City varsity fastpitch softball player Grace Batdorf enters her junior year with high hopes for her team and the season.  The hard work the team has put in will hopefully pay off for Batdorf and the Lady Pirates. Their work ethic is something Batdorf loves about her teammates. 

“What I love most about my team this year is that we work hard. We have a large group of freshmen this year and a few have already been very helpful on varsity,” said Batdorf. 

A twelve-year veteran of the sport, Batdorf has see the team grow and come together through that hard work. That hard work has continued into the classroom. 

“Academics are very important to me, because softball is just a tool to help pay for a portion of college. I have to do well in school to have the career that I want in the future,” said Batdorf. 

Her future plans include going to college and working at a zoo. 

“I plan on going to college and get my bachelors in biology or zoology and then completing my master’s in zoology. My goal is to work at a zoo when finished and eventually become a zoo vet. I want to work with big cats or gorillas,” said Batdorf. 

When softball comes to an end, Batdorf will trade in the cleats for a swimming suit and join the swim team. She has called the pool her second home for three year. She’s also in the Latin Club at PCO. 

Batdorf said her parents have made a huge impact in her life, on and off the field. 

“A big influence in my life has been my parents. They are always there for every game and are always supportive of me on and off the field,” said Batdorf. 

With another season ahead, the time to look back at her career will come later, but Batdorf is already thankful for the relationships she has built through sports. 

“I will remember the friends that I made at Putnam City and the hours on the softball field and in the swimming pool. Both sports have given the opportunity to meet some great new friends.”