Don't let her smile or her 5'7" frame fool you, Williamsville South's Chelsea Plimpton has been intimidating high school batters since the eighth grade.
"When she's on the mound she's a totally different person... she's all nasty .. ready.. intense.. ready to play," says teammate Lisa Fronczak.
A five year starter at the varsity level, Plimpton is close to wrapping up a record-setting high school tenure. Her ability to command six pitches helped her become New York State's all-time career leader in strikeouts earlier this month, and now has the senior taking a 105-6 overall record into sectionals.
"I hate to lose, I don't like it at all, I get emotionally depressed when i do. I go out there and I don't like anyone we play," says the senior pitcher "whether we are friends or not off the field, on the field I don't like anyone. I want to be perfect and want to win."
"Chelsea has been a team player.. great captain.. for a couple of years.. she's a team gal," says Williamsville South's head coach Gerald Gentner.
Plimpton's success speaks for itself. She'll go down as one of the best ever to pitch in Western New York and will own four, if not five, all-time state career marks when she is all said and done. The humble senior says that she would throw all the personal accolades away if she could just help South obtain it's third State Class A Championship in the last four years.
"They are just numbers. Even if I have state records.. for whatever.. and I lose, it means nothing to me," says Plimpton "I just want to win states.. that's it."