Tamy Cerrato didn't grow up as a softball player.
When she started the sport her freshman year at Costa Mesa High, she said it was difficult.
"I didn't know anything about the sport," Cerrato said. "I was kind of lost. I grew up playing soccer and basketball, and this was totally different. It was out of my comfort zone."
She started playing at third base, one of several promising freshman for the Mustangs that freshman year of 2008. Now Cerrato and the other three varsity holdovers from that year – second baseman Sami Feinstein, shortstop Alex Krohnfeldt and outfielder Nikki Lether – are the senior leaders for the Mustangs.
Cerrato ended up picking up the sport just fine, which isn't surprising. The Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week doesn't mind facing challenges in her life.
Another challenge this year has been Cerrato's transformation into Costa Mesa's top starting pitcher. And that has been made even more remarkable because of yet another challenge, this one in her personal life.