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Pena adapting on the fly while helping anchor Calallen infield

By KEVIN NARRO | Rio Sports Live 

AUSTIN — With her team’s ticket punched to their second ever state championship game, Calallen senior Jasmine Pena is taking in her second trip to the Austin tourney but with a different look. 

A quick footed senior, Pena has made a career of playing in the outfield until last year when she got a taste of playing second base due to injuries .

This year, Pena had to step in and play second base, but this time around it was certain that she would find her footing and lock down the infield position.
 
“I was going to do what was best for my team,” Pena said. “My coach put me there, she believed in me and I have done a pretty good job. I had to have confidence in myself because I was nervous at first — I’m not going to lie. I was kind of afraid of the ball but now, I have that confidence.”

During her sophomore year, Pena played right field at the state tournament alongside Raegan Tennill, who played left field as a freshman at the time.

“When I played right field, I caught everything,” Pena said. “That was my spot and when coach told me I was moving positions, my heart kind of broke. I knew anything in the air I got, but it was another challenge for me, so I accepted it and did my job.”

The two have moved to the middle infield and have become a strong 1-2 punch at second and shortstop for the Lady Wildcats. 

Pena never saw herself playing in the infield but has adjusted to the speed of it.
 
“I never would have thought to this day that I would play the infield but I’m here and I feel great,” she said

Coach Teresa Lentz describes her senior as a tough competitor who brings a lot to the program.

“She is goofy, spontaneous and hilarious,” Lentz. “She is all heart and hates to lose. She is gritty, a program player and we are going to miss her a lot.”

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