Name: Alisyn Catenacci
School: Burlington Central, junior
Why she was selected: Catenacci pitched a perfect game on March 22 against Elgin, a game where she struck out six. Catenacci caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson to discuss her achievement, the season ahead and more. Below is an edited transcript.
Bartelson: Was that your first ever perfect game? Were you actually aware of the perfection in the moment?
Catenacci: This was my first perfect game. I’ve thrown some no hitters before, but never any perfect games. It wasn’t until last inning of the game when I got to a 3-2 count, I realized I had a perfect game going.
Bartelson: Can you describe the feeling you had after the final out was recorded?
Catenacci: I was so excited because it was the first game of the season and we were starting out strong. It showed that the team has a lot of potential for this year.
Bartelson: This season, beyond perhaps “perfection”, what other goals do you have for the season?
Catenacci: One goal I have for this season is to win regionals. The past two years, we made it so close to being champions but came up just short. I’m also pushing to win conference this year. Since this is our last year in the conference, I want to leave it with a bang.
Bartelson: Any new pitches you’ve added or something unique to keep an eye out for?
Catenacci: I’ve been working on perfecting all my pitches this winter, along with adding a rise ball to my repertoire. A lot of hard work this winter has payed off.