Geneva, Jr., Softball
Why she was selected: Offensive hot streak to start the season last week led Geneva to season-opening wins against Oswego and Burlington Central
Geneva junior shortstop Anna Geary’s recovery from offseason ACL surgery has done nothing to quiet her bat. Geary had three hits in the Vikings’ 3-1, season opening win against Oswego, then added three more hits Saturday as the Vikings rallied past Burlington Central, 3-2. Geary, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, tore her ACL while playing travel ball during the summer with the Wasco Diamonds, and was cleared just before the season began in the aftermath of August surgery. Geary spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about her early-season success. The following is an edited transcript:
What was the recovery from your injury like over the offseason?
It was really frustrating for me but I worked really hard over the winter and into the spring on physical therapy and everything. I’ve just been working all year on it to get back on the field.
How exciting was it to be part of that comeback against Burlington Central on Saturday?
That was such an exciting game for us. We were really excited to get out for a home game. That was a big win for us. We were all really excited.
I know it’s early in the year but what seems different about the team this year?
We have a really young team this year, but there’s so much potential and we’ve been working so hard. I think we’ve all come a lot closer as a team this year than in the past.
If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some difficult homework, who would it be and why?
I would say Madison Keith. She’s always been there. She’s been supporting me throughout this whole season, and I’m good friends with her.