photo by Travis Harsch, special to the Advocate
For the second straight year, Shiner pitcher Cece Darilek was selected as the Victoria Advocate All-Area Softball Team MVP.
The Advocate caught up with Cece to discuss her championship season and thoughts on her high school softball career at Shiner High School.
VA: Your final memory on the field for Shiner is winning a state championship. As a four-year varsity starter, what was your first memory?
CD: The first game I ever pitched was against Rice Consolidated, a preseason game. The first really memorable one was against Junction (in the 2013 Region IV-1A semifinals). Every single (Junction) starter was a senior, they were ranked second and we were below 10. (People) didn't give us any chance to win. We ended up coming back, and we beat them in a best-of-three series. It was a great moment for us because nobody expected us to beat them.
VA: You recently talked to the Advocate about playing this season with two herniated discs. What went through your mind after that final out to clinch the state championship?
CD: Basically just how I made it through the season, because of how tough it was to see it through. It was a relief to make it through without anything else causing me not to be able to play.
I was really proud of all the girls, because everybody worked hard and came through. We knew everybody would be coming for us, gunning for us. Everybody worked hard and played their best, and I'm really proud of them. Being a senior, the way ended, I couldn't ask for anymore.
VA: What will you miss the most about Shiner softball?
CD: The community aspect, everybody backs us up, no matter what. The girls and the coaches, and just being in high school.
VA: Which softball pitchers have you most looked up to?
CD: When I was younger, I watched (Class of 2009, state champion Shiner pitcher) Heather Haas pitch. That's how I wanted to play and pitch for Shiner, like she did. It went on from there. There were a couple other college pitchers, but mainly the reason I wanted to pitch was because of Heather.
VA: What brought you to choose to play at Mary Hardin-Baylor?
Cece Darilek, Shiner, Senior, Pitcher
22-3 record, 1.66 ERA, 141 K, 64 BB
.378 BA, 8 2B, 13 BB, 25 RBI
CD: I came up to the campus and really liked it. They invited me to an official visit, and I got to stay with the players and spend the night. (It was) after meeting all the girls, and they have a physical therapy program, which I want to go into. I just fell in love with it, and it was just the right place for me.
VA: Assuming your physical therapy goes to plan and you're able to do fall practice, what are your goals for this fall at Mary Hardin-Baylor?
CD: They said I should be in the bullpen in September, so just a lot of bullpen work, and there are intrasquad scrimmages. And in the (batting) cage, getting my swing back to where it needs to be and getting ready for the spring.