|Seiler leaves mark on Central Catholic softball (05-23-12)|
|Written by CHAYSE HELD Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:33|
The Bowling Green resident recently wrapped up an impressive high school career, one that won't soon be forgotten by the Irish program or the state record books.
The right-hander finished with a mind-boggling 1,136 career strikeouts, which rank 10th in the all-time record book according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
She also helped lead the Irish to a Three Rivers Athletic Conference title this season, the program's first league title in over 10 years.
"At the beginning of the season, we said that our goal this year was to win the TRAC. So it was really nice to come out and be able to accomplish that goal," Seiler said. "We just came together as a group and everything was about the team. Nothing was focused on individuals."
Central finished 20-7 overall this season, losing to Notre Dame in a district semifinal.
Seiler was the No. 1 pitcher all four seasons of her high school career, winning a total of 60 games. She earned first-team all-league and first-team all-district each of her first three seasons. The league and district honors for this season are yet to be announced.
"Her biggest attribute was that it was never about her. It was always about the team, what the team is going to do, the team's goals," Central coach Larry Jaworksi said. "She put in the time. It made my job easy. She was like a coach on the field, as smart and as good of a leader she is.
"With Erin on the mound, it was 14 strikeouts a game, that's just that much less our defense has to work," Jaworski added.
Seiler struck out an amazing 343 batters this season, the most in a single season of her career. She struck out 255 as a freshman, 232 as a sophomore, and 306 as a junior. Add all those up and that's a lot of K's in the score book.
"A lot of people have congratulated me about it, and told me how hard that is," Seiler said of the 1,000 strikeouts. "It feels great, but I still haven't dealt upon it too much because I just knew that there was something else that I had to get, and the TRAC championship was always a little bit more first and foremost on my mind than 1,000."
Seiler points to the extra time spent outside of team practices, mostly with her father Jon Seiler of Bowling Green. Jon Seiler built a barn on the family's property which featured a pitching machine, batting cage, and pitcher's mound to put in extra work.
"It's always nice, even after practice, to know what I'm struggling with and be able to take my dad and just go out and do some extra practice; to be able to work all year long and just work on what I need to work on," she said.
"I can remember so many times when I was like, 'No. I don't want to practice,'" she added. "But even if I wasn't too excited to be drilled after practicing, it's made me who I am today, so I can't be really too mad at him for that."
Seiler, who also excels in the classroom with a 4.6 grade-point average, will continue her academic and softball career at the University of Akron.
"I'm hoping to come in and start, but for me that may or may not be in the plans," Erin Seiler said. "But my goal is to go there and work as hard as I can, and if I can't earn a spot outright from my skills, then hopefully just out-work the other players.
"My goal, realistic or not ... is to become an All-American and do the best that I can. Hopefully be a leader and an inspiration to my team."
Seiler is also active away from the softball diamond, as she was a member of Central's student council for three years, a member of Glee Club, Latin Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 4-H, and also volunteered at a local nursing home.
She plans on double-majoring in marketing and sports studies, and then entering Akron's law school after her undergraduate studies.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:58|
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