Signing Photo Courtesy of Hillsboro Athletics
Amber Cage saw and accomplished a lot during her time playing softball at Hillsboro High School. The Hawks have had an incredible run in the last four years, going 87-31. Cage had been a part of that run, and now she’s moving on.
After graduating from Hillsboro, Cage signed to play softball at Mineral Area College. She shared her thoughts about that and more.
Q: Why MAC? Why did you end up choosing to further your athletic career there?
Cage: “I chose MAC because I wanted to have the chance to play at least one more time…even though I am hoping to transfer to a four-year university and continue to play.”
Q: What other schools did you consider, if any?
Cage: “Jefferson College.”
Q: How did you get your start in softball? Was it always a dream of yours to compete in college, and when did you think it was a realistic possibility?
Cage: “Ever since I started playing when I was seven, it was a dream of mine to play in college. I realized it was a possibility when I started getting offers.”
Q: You were involved in other sports at HHS. Why did you decide to devote your time to softball for college?
Cage: “I grew up playing softball, and from the very beginning, I fell in love with the game and never wanted to stop playing.”
Q: Who have been your biggest influences in softball, either directly or indirectly?
Cage: “My parents, most definitely. They encouraged me and supported for every decision with softball. Also my high school coaches…Coach Lucas and Coach Naeger always believed in me and made me a better player.”
Q: What is the one memory from your Hillsboro career that stands out the most for you?
Cage: “Making it to state and being able to play as a team and fighting to the end.”
Q: When softball is over for your career, what do you think we’ll see Amber Cage doing with her life?
Cage: “When softball ends for me, I hope to pursue my dreams of going into law enforcement.”
Q: Finally, for all those little ones who have dreams to do what you’re doing, what’s the best advice that you could give them?
Cage: “Never give up and keep pushing to follow your dreams.”