Shaler grad Seidl steps into circle for Pitt-Greensburg
Playing for the Pitt-Greensburg softball team allowed freshman Kayla Seidl to dust off some old skills. The Bobcats needed pitchers after a few players fell out of the fold.
Seidl, a 2017 Shaler graduate, originally was designated to be a middle infielder. Like many students in college, Seidl had to adapt quickly in new surroundings.
“There were two other pitchers that were supposed to be on the team, and they ended up not playing this year,” Seidl said. “When the season started, the coaches asked who knows how to pitch? I said I did. They asked if I could get it over the plate.”
Seidl, who primarily only pitched during batting practice in high school, responded in the affirmative. While it wasn't always a smooth transition, Seidl developed into a solid starter for the Bobcats.
She led the team with a 5-9 record and compiled a team-best 4.79 ERA in 15 appearances, 14 of which were starts.
Getting back into the pitching groove was about sticking with what Seidl knew best. She stuck with her screwball, which worked best for her.
“It is definitely intimidating going into it,” said Seidl, who appeared in 24 games and made 23 starts. “My college pitching coach taught me to throw a rise ball. I try to stay calm and don't get intimidated. It's just me and the catcher.”
Seidl finding her pitching touch was a bright spot for a young UPG squad, which finished 7-21 overall and 3-13 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play.
One area Seidl would like to see the team improve in is at the plate.
The Bobcats hit .294 as a team. Seidl batted .254 in 24 appearances, belted one home run and drove in 10 runs.
“I want to keep up with my hitting,” Seidl said. “That's something the team struggled with. We only had two seniors.
“The team was getting the feel about what college softball is like. Hitting is the main part of what you need to keep up with.”
Seidl plans to keep up with her pitching, as well.
While Seidl believes she will return to the middle infield, she wants to continue to remaster her newly practiced skill.
Having a wide range of abilities helped Seidl find a place on the field.
“It was nice,” Seidl said. “Being a freshman, you don't know if you are going to get a lot of playing time. I lucked out because I got to play basically every game.”
Josh Rizzo is a freelance writer.