Snohomish High's Anna Pisac excels in just about everything she attempts | High-school softball
Here are some do's and don'ts about Anna Pisac. • Do anticipate her best efforts in whatever she tries. • Do expect her help...
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SNOHOMISH — Here are some do's and don'ts about Anna Pisac.
• Do anticipate her best efforts in whatever she tries.
• Do expect her help when you need it.
• Don't attempt to argue with her.
• Don't try to slip a fastball by her at the plate.
• Don't think a fly ball to right field will land anywhere but in her mitt.
Pisac, a senior at Snohomish High School, is the complete package. She is a National Merit scholar who carries a 4.0 grade-point average, scored 2,300 out of 2,400 on the SAT and plans to study medicine — and play softball — at Wellesley (Mass.) College.
She has won multiple state championships in debate, has written a fiction novel and works with special-needs children.
On the softball field, Pisac is productive at the plate (.792 slugging percentage last season) and in the field (no errors last season). And she's picking up this spring where she left off. She has keyed the Panther's 5-0 start by batting .636 with 10 extra-base hits, good for a 1.273 slugging percentage
and 15 RBIs. "She's a stud all-around," Jackson coach Kyle Peacocke said.
Pisac was a prodigy early, writing and speaking full sentences by age 3.
"We knew right away we had our hands full," her mom, Peggy, said.
An only child, Anna Pisac has always expected perfection from herself.
"If she's going to do it, she's going to do it the best she can," Peggy said. "She doesn't do anything halfway."
Her interest in medicine came at a young age, too. While most children watched cartoons, Anna Pisac was glued to "Mystery Diagnosis" or "Untold Stories of the ER" — although she also admits she's a longtime fan of Grey's Anatomy.
At age 5, she began dreaming about attending Harvard and becoming a surgeon. Pisac said Thursday it appears she won't get into Harvard, but she has Wellesley as a more-than-adequate backup.
She took up T-ball at an early age, too, and used to play soccer and basketball as well — until speech and debate grabbed her interest as a freshman. That's when a procrastinating friend told her she needed a debate partner two days before a tournament.
"I didn't have any idea what I was doing, but showed up anyway and got hooked," Pisac said.
She was a do-it-all softball player by that time — so much so that Snohomish coach Lou Kennedy had trouble figuring where to put her.
"It was hard to decide where to play her, because she could do just about anything right off the bat," he said. "She's very capable of playing anywhere."
Her speed and arm strength made her a natural in center field, but when Snohomish's starting shortstop went down with an injury just before the district tournament that season, Pisac filled the role.
When Trysten Melhart arrived as a freshman the following season, the two requested that Pisac be in right field and Melhart in center, their preferred positions with their club team. They've been fixtures there ever since, and Pisac in particular is known for her diving catches.
"It's where flying things go to die, it's just amazing," Kennedy said. "She's got really good instincts."
The Panthers haven't qualified for the state tournament since 2000, falling one win short last season.
Pisac believes there's no debate about their ability to end that drought this year.
"I think we have an incredible team this year," she said, "and I actually think that we have the ability to go all the way."