Athlete of the Week - Windermere Observer: Julia Benamati

Dr. Phillips Little League’s Julia Benamati helped lead the Minors (10U) All-Stars softball team to the district title, scoring the winning run.

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Julia Benamati scored the game-winning run for Dr. Phillips Little League’s Minors (10U) Softball All-Stars team in the deciding game of a best-of-three series against Windermere. In addition to that, Benamati was stellar on defense during the series, recording five outs and no errors at second base.


How did it feel to win the district title?

We won and it was like we would be the boss of the whole world. That’s how we felt — we made history. 


Did you think your team could win the series before it began?

Yes, because our coach calls us the “comeback kids,” and if we’re losing we don’t get down. We always help each other up and always focus.


How long have you been playing softball and what do you enjoy about it?

Since I was 5 or 6. I like everything about it. It’s fun, you get to hang out with your team — we win and lose together.


Did you get to watch the Women’s College World Series this year?

Yes, I was rooting for Oklahoma.


What was your favorite memory from this past season?

My favorite memory would be making this amazing snag at second base. There was a lefty, and she hit a line-drive, just enough where I could jump and catch it. That felt great.


What do you want to be when you grow up?

A major league softball player or a police officer. Police officers get to catch bad guys and help the city.


Who’s the smartest person you know?

My dad.


What’s your favorite movie?

“Tomorrowland” because it has a lot of action.


If you could be any animal, which would you choose?

A lion, because I just like lions.


What is your least favorite chore around the house?

Making my bed — my bed is always messy.


What’s your favorite song on the radio?

“Drag Me Down” — it’s about not being able to be dragged down. It’s a positive song.


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