— Courtesy of Weatherford College
Kylee Studioso said the feeling varies when she strikes out a batter - but it’s always a good feeling. And the Weatherford College pitcher has struck out a LOT of batters.
“The feeling depends on the batter. If it’s the first batter of the game, then I know that everything is working and the game is going to be a good game,” said the sophomore pitcher from Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Wash.
“If it’s a batter that has had a long at-bat or a batter that has gotten a hit earlier in the game, striking them out is the greatest feeling because for me it shows that it doesn’t matter who the batter is. they will not get a hit every time.”
More often than not, batters simply do NOT get a hit off of Studioso, who posted a 22-2 record with a 1.85 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 147 regular-season innings to help the Coyotes (48-6) reach the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in St. George, Utah.
Last season, as a freshman, she made an immediate impact, finishing with a 23-10 record, a 2.57 ERA and 199 strikeouts in 229 innings. She hasn’t pitched as many innings this season because, quite simply, the Coyotes are ending many of their games early by blasting opponents.
But Studioso feels her role in helping the team achieve national recognition in only its second season goes beyond what she does on the mound.
“With this team, when we all got here in the fall we knew we had something special,” she said. “We had the hitters, the speed, the defense, the catching and the pitching to make it to nationals.
“I think my role with this team was staying a mediator, never getting frustrated or angry when things don’t go our way.”