VERONA,NJ  - In just one week, Christina Colon struck out 46 batters in four games. She pitched a no hitter, striking out 14 batters in seven innings. She had three hits, including two doubles and a total of five RBIs. And now, she is this week’s TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week.

“It feels great that I have become athlete of the week. It is an honor and privilege to be selected,” Colon said. “It's a great accomplishment for me. Being athlete of the week never crossed my mind when competing.”

The Verona High School sophomore has been doing better than last season, she said, and has gained a lot more confidence in her pitching skills. Colon only gave up a total of four runs so far, with only two being earned. The star pitcher also plays first base.

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So far, Colon’s season has been highlighted by the Athlete of the Week honor, as well as her doing her best on the mound and showing her fellow teammates she will not let them down. Even with impressive accomplishments, Colon said she has some challenges.

“My challenge is to lead this team to a division title,” Colon noted. “As well as contributing more to the team with hitting and pitching.”

The Hillbilly hopes to continue to make this her best season and become one of the top pitchers in the state.

“It will be hard but I will work my best and hardest to achieve that goal,” Colon said. “As a team, our goal is to win the division titles and to go in deep in the county and state playoffs.”

As a great pitcher, first baseman and batter, Colon has proven herself as a valuable player and essential teammate, and someone who Coach Angela Salisbury sees huge potential in.

“She's only a sophomore but after a strong freshman year her experience and composure shows. She worked really hard in the offseason and it shows,” Salisbury said. “She works hard for us and her teammates have been playing well behind her as well. Christina is a good teammate as she is always caught doing the right thing and working to improve.”

Although the wins and accomplishments are things to strive for and hope for, Colon said it is playing the game that she looks forward to the most.

“I love everything about playing softball,” Colon said. “Getting out on the field is what I look forward to everyday -- hitting the ball, fielding the ball and playing as a team with great girls is what I love most. I put my heart, soul and sweat into every game.”