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July 21, 2013

Palladino's passion runs through THS softball

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Tonawanda News — During a game against JFK earlier in the season, Palladino paid respect to a player that hit a grand slam on the opposing team. As the player was rounding second base, Palladino, who was playing shortstop, extended her arm out to congratulate the player.

"The other team's coach had spoken to our coach and said 'that was really nice of your player to congratulate our player. Your team has great sportsmanship'," said Marc Palladino, Danielle's father.

Her positive persona trickles down to the rest of her team. She is always walking up and down the bench picking her teammates up, knowing that no matter what the score is, one bad attitude will trickle down affecting the rest of the players. 

"She always brings something new to our game," said teammate Joanna McCarthy. "She's always out there and always worries about other people."

Next season, coach Kim Fox will have a void to fill as the Warriors graduate six seniors, one being Palladino. Although there are capable players that can take over to fill in, her presence will be missed. 

"She has this laugh that is just so infectious and contagious," Fox said. "As soon as you hear it you just (light up)." 

Palladino will head to Erie Community College to play volleyball with the thought of playing softball on her mind.

Find reporter Joe Konze on Twitter @TheRealJoeKonze.

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