Valerie Teter: Humble but Hungry

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COLUMBIA - To senior Valerie Teter, all that matters is the "W."

"I just play the game and get outs, that's what I want" Teter, Columbia College senior pitcher, said.

What she won't flaunt is just how successful she is in the circle even since high school.

"No. 2 in strikeouts in state when she graduated. She had I think the career leader in home runs. She was in the top in slugging percentage also," Bridget Weimer, Bevier High School softball coach, said.

The list goes on at Columbia College. Last year Teter had the most strikeouts in the nation among NAIA schools with 413--which ranks fifth all-time.

Not to mention she is one of the best hitters on the team, but there's more to Teter than individual stats.

"It's like 'Oh you had 12 strike outs, oh ok'" Teter said.

She has determination.

"She's got a focus level at practice that you don't see very often," Wendy Spratt, Columbia College softball coach, said.

Even Teter's mother would agree.

"She's always been that way, it's just one of those things just go out, play your best and win," Marcia Teter, Valerie's mother, said.

Perhaps her inspiration is the hometown she represents. For Teter, that hometown is Bevier, with only about 700 people.

Last Friday was the team's senior day, but there isn't any time for emotions, just more postseason ball to play.

"We have to focus, be confident, and just play our game, and if you have certain things to work on individually, just put in the time," Teter said.