NL Softball Star Stays Committed

Written by Jake Keiter, this piece was featured in our premier print edition released in May of 2023! Check it out here!

Abby Palkovic, a 17-year-old softball player from NL, has shown her resilience and dedication to the sport despite her recent injury. Palkovic has been playing softball for 13 years, with her primary position as catcher, and has been ranked 75th in the nation for the class of 2024.

Being injured has not stopped Palkovic from being involved in the sport she loves. She has taken on the role of the stat keeper for her team, which allows her to stay involved in the game, strengthen her understanding of the game, and help her bond with her teammates. Palkovic said, “I feel like keeping the stats is keeping me involved in the game. In warm-ups, I am able to talk with the girls, and feed coaches balls while they hit, but once the game starts, it’s me and my bucket.”

Despite the setback of her injury, Palkovic remains determined to achieve her goals as an athlete. She plans to turn her top 100 ranking into a top 50 ranking next year. Palkovic’s dedication to the sport is evident, with some weeks requiring her to put in over 20 hours of softball between high school, individual work, and travel practices.

Palkovic’s ultimate goal is to play softball in college, and her travel coach Kim King has been instrumental in guiding her through the recruitment process. Palkovic’s injury occurred in October of 2022, and she will only be able to return in September of 2023, meaning she will only have the fall and winter of her senior year to select a school. However, Palkovic remains undeterred and ready to take on the challenge.

Palkovic’s story serves as a reminder of the importance of perseverance and dedication in the face of adversity. Her resilience and team spirit are qualities that inspire and motivate those around her. Despite her injury, Palkovic continues to contribute to her team in every way possible and remains determined to achieve her goals.

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Jacob Keiter is a husband, a writer, a journalist, a musician, and a business owner. His journey to becoming a writer was one that was paved with challenges, but ultimately led him to find his true calling. Jacob's early years were marked by a strong desire for creative expression. He was always drawn to music, and in his youth, he played in several bands, chasing the elusive promise of fame and success. However, despite his best efforts, Jacob struggled to find the recognition he craved. It wasn't until he hit a low point in his life that Jacob discovered his love for writing. He turned to writing as a form of therapy during a particularly difficult time, and found that it not only helped him to cope with his struggles, but also allowed him to express himself in a way that he had never been able to before. Jacob's writing skills quickly caught the attention of others, and he soon found himself working as a journalist for The Sun out of Hummelstown. From there, he went on to contribute to a variety of publications, including the American Bee Journal and Referee Magazine. Jacob's writing style is reflective of traditional journalism, but he also infuses his work with a unique voice that sets him apart from others in his field. Despite his success as a writer, Jacob also owns another business, JJ Auto & Home, which specializes in cleaning. Jacob's commitment to excellence is evident in all of his endeavors, whether it be in his writing or in his business ventures. Today, Jacob is the author of two books and continues to inspire others through his writing. His journey to becoming a writer serves as a reminder that sometimes our darkest moments can lead us to our greatest achievements.

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