Caulfield, 18, of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, is in her second season as a third baseman on the RedHawks varsity.
What does it feel like to be a state champion?
Oh, my gosh. Bragging rights are awesome, and just to see how all of our hard work paid off is relieving.
Who was your No. 1 influence in playing softball?
My sister (Joanne) played softball, so I guess I’d have to say her. But my mom forced me to play softball. I was scared.
What do you like about the game now?
Just all of the excitement and how fast-paced it is at third base. It’s just super-fun getting those plays.
What opponent gets you the most cranked up to play?
You’ve got to go with McAuley. Just the rivalry, gosh, there’s nothing like it in every sport.
What player from another school would you love as a teammate?
Brianna LeBeau (Richards), just because her pitching was so amazing.
Do you have any bad habits you’d like to break?
I crack my knuckles a lot. I don’t think that’s good for you.
What annoys you more than anything else?
When people don’t try, and they just go through the motions.
Your dream celebrity prom date?
I like Joseph Gordon-Leavitt.
Has anyone ever told you that you look like someone famous?
Actually yes, but it’s a boy. Mitchel Musso, the Disney Channel star. I can totally look like him (laughing), so it’s kind of awkward.
When you look in the mirror, what does it tell you about yourself?
I see someone who is hard-working, and super-dedicated to everything I do.