Created: 05/08/2013 10:49 PM KSTP.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "I've never really had a pitching coach," Abbey Ball said. "I've gone to camps, and people have come and worked with me at practice, but a lot of people said I wouldn't be a pitcher. But I kept working at it."
It seems to haave paid off for Ball.
She's been on the Austin varsity since her freshman year, and all she's done is get better. In fact, her teammates voted her captain this year.
"They look to her as being a strong, dominating pitcher, and she's done a very nice job," Austin coach Cindy Owen said.
Take yesterday's game against Mayo.
Ball picked up the win, going all seven innings, while striking out four, but she's also been making contributions at the plate.
"She is also batting in the number four position, and that's huge," Owen said. "The other day, when she hit that walk-off grand slam, that was just a tremendous lift for the whole program."
Last Tuesday, Ball delivered in the seventh against Winona, sending a fly over the fence at Todd Park.
"With the wind, I didn't know if it was going to go all the way out, but I saw Coach Johnson at first, and he got all excited so I knew (it went out)," Ball said.
Ball keeps doing things like that, and colleges will take notice.
Right now, she's leaning toward UW-Stout.
"I definitely want to go play college ball at a four-year school somewhere," Ball said.