WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. - In the Domkuski household, softball isn't a seasonal sport. It's a year round lifestyle.
"Basically softball 24/7," said Ali Domkuski. "Especially because of my little sister plays too. She'll be a freshman next year, so that will be something that we can share."
The Normal Community senior-to-be has shared the past three seasons with her softball family, the Lady Iron, and rocketed to the top of the elite player lists Central Illinois.
"Going at everyday, going to battle in the mount. Ali has been one of those girls," said Normal Community pitching coach Ali Manley. "We just keep raising the bar, and she keeps working up to it."
A dynamic hitter with power, she says he thrives inside the circle. It's been her single focus since the fourth grade, making opposing players take the long walk back to the dugout, hitless and empty-handed.
"Going in there with determination to get that starting spot," said Domkuski. "Then I started getting more and more innings. Starting games and winning games, so it was uphill from there."
Manley, the former Ali Arnold, was a star pitcher at Normal Community and sees the same winning traits in Domkuski.
"A lot of times it's easy to get distracted when you're a high school athlete, and those distractions, I'd like to think we've pushed them aside, but she's stayed focused on her number one goal," said Manley. "Playing softball and competing everytime she steps out on the mound."
She's staying local, verbally committed to Illinois State, with big plans to put the Redbirds in the national spotlight.
"Just the fact I could play for my hometown team and hopefully advance their program even more and eventually make it to the College World Series," sais Domkuski.