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EVOLUTION OF A PITCHER

WHO WILL PITCH?

By Lou Gareis & Darlene Gareis Truesdale

MANY YOUNG LADIES WOULD LIKE TO PITCH AND MANY WILL TRY, BUT FEW WILL STICK OUT THE RIGORS OF YEAR AROUND PRACTICE. MANY YOUNG LADIES WILL HAVE THE ATHLETIC ABILITY, BUT WILL NOT HAVE THE TEMPERMENT TO BECOME A PITCHER. THE BEST PITCHERS MUST BE WILLING TO BE DEDICATED, HAVE THE ATHLETIC ABILITY, AND LOVE TO BE IN THE LIMELIGHT. TAKING PRESSURE IS THE RESULT OF MOUND TIME AND COACHING. THESE RESULT IN CONFIDENCE.

A. PITCHER IS WILD, WALKS MANY (EXPECT IT!)

B. PITCHER WORKS ALL WINTER, ACHIEVES SPEED AND SOME CONTROL.

C. FIRST PART OF YEAR PITCHER IS WILD, BUT HAS SOME SUCCESS AS SHE GETS MOUND TIME.

D. SECOND PART OF YEAR PITCHER HAS DEVELOPED A CHANGE TO GO WITH FASTBALL AND ACHIEVES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUCCESS, ESPECIALLY IN STRIKEOUTS.

E. THE PITCHER HAS SEEN SOME POSITIVE RESULTS AND HAS ENOUGH MOUND TIME TO KNOW SHE LIKES TO PITCH.

F. THE YOUNG LADY WORKS THROUGH ANOTHER WINTER LEARNING DROPS AND RISERS TO GO WITH HER FASTBALL AND CHANGE. SHE ALSO LEARNS WHEN TO THROW THESE PITCHES.

G. THE NEXT SEASON SHE DOMINATES, BECOMING ONE OF THE BEST PITCHERS IN THE LEAGUE.

H. THIS WINTER SHE WORKS ON SCREWBALLS AND CURVES COMPLETING HER REPERTOIRE OF PITCHES.

I. THE NEXT YEAR OUR YOUNG ATHLETE ACHIEVES SUCCESS BEYOND HER WILDEST DREAMS, DOMINATING HER OPPONENTS. SHE LOOKS AROUND AND SEES THAT MOST OF THE YOUNG LADIES SHE STARTED HER PITCHING LESSONS WITH HAVE DROPPED OUT AND ARE NOW PLAYING OTHER POSITIONS. PITCHING IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! THERE ARE EIGHT OTHER POSITIONS!!!




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