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Reicoff's big bat leading California (Pa.) softball team to success

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

While some athletes need time to grow into being a contributor when they move into college athletics, Chartiers Valley grad Lindsay Reicoff has been making plays from the opening pitch with the California (Pa.) softball team.

She leads the Vulcans in batting, recording a team-high .415 average. She also leads the team in doubles with 12. What is Reicoff's assessment of her freshman season?

“Not too shabby,” she said.

Her hitting is a continuation of her success in high school. As a senior, she recorded a .491 batting average with 18 RBI, eight doubles and three home runs.

Reicoff has provided California power at the plate, recording 12 home runs. That is second to Shelby Lia's 14.

“I didn't think I would be this solid,” Reicoff said. “I have gotten better mentally with being able to stay focused and the way I approach the game.”

Reicoff also has stepped up defensively and on the mound. She has a 2-0 record with a 4.05 ERA and six strikeouts. In addition to being part of the pitching rotation, Reicoff has seen time at first base.

“I always pitched in high school,” Reicoff said. “It was somewhat of a difficult transition, because (first base) wasn't a spot I had been in since eighth grade. The speed of the game was different than I was used to. It was a difficult start, but I got used to it.”

The Vulcans finished the regular season with a 32-2 overall record and a 15-1 record in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play. The record is a conference best and gave California a high seed in the PSAC playoffs.

“It is really exciting,” Reicoff said. “It is almost unbelievable. I think it comes from how close we all are and the way we approach every game.”

California finished as the runners up of the PSAC tournament last week as it fell to Kutztown, 10-7. The Vulcans lost to Bloomsburg, 3-2, in the double-elimination tournament but defeated Gannon (4-1), West Chester (10-1) and Bloomsburg (4-0) to reach the title game.

In the PSAC tournament, Reicoff had six hits, three RBI and two runs.

The Vulcans set their sights on the NCAA Division II regional as they are expected to grab one of the five at-large spots. Bracket information was unavailable at press time.

“We just want to take things one game at a time,” Reicoff said. “We want to make it through this tournament and make it to regionals. Our goal is to just win.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5813 or nsmith@tribweb.com.

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