Niagara Gazette


June 24, 2013

Niagara Falls' Toni Polk named Gazette Player of the Year


Niagara Gazette — “I want to mix it up at the plate,” Polk added. “I want to be unpredictable.”

Polk also plays on a 23-and-under team over the summer with former Gazette All-Area stars and current Division I players Caitlin Attfield (Alabama-Birmingham/Nia.-Wheatfield) and Meghan Cuda (Canisius/Lewiston-Porter).

She said the high level of travel play puts her in more close games where she can play in big situations, which makes her more mentally tough.

She’s hoping it pays off with a Division I scholarship, and has been in touch with a number of schools, including South Carolina, Fordham and Boston College.

With two years of high school remaining, her future is certainly bright.

“I don’t know what her ceiling is, and I hope she doesn’t either,” Amoretti said. “The thing with Toni though, is she works on stuff. She’ll say, ‘Can we work on my backhand?’, or she’ll ask to get to the pitching machine and work on a certain thing. She’s obviously a very good athlete, but she doesn’t settle for that.”

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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