ShareThis Page

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.