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Taylor Herschbach "Triple Threat" for Lockport

04/16/2018 4:19 PM -

Story by Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown

Lockport coach Marissa Chovanec thinks senior third baseman Taylor Herschbach has pretty unique abilities as a leadoff hitter.

Let her count the ways.

“She’s a triple threat,” Chovanec said of Herschbach. “She looks to drive the ball. She looks for a good pitch. She sprays the outfield. She can go left field or turn on an inside pitch.”

The Valparaiso recruit just missed hitting a home run Friday against Lincoln-Way East, hooking the ball foul down the right-field line by just a few feet.

“Yeah, it was a close one,” Herschbach said, laughing. “It was against Alex Storako. I remember right when I hit it, I knew it was going out. I just didn’t know if it was going to stay fair.”

Things have gone better than fair for Herschbach, who’s hitting .472 for Lockport (8-2) with four doubles, a triple,15 runs and seven RBIs. She hit two home runs last season.

“I’m feeling really good about this year,” Herschbach said. “Our batting order, all together, we’re stacked. I mean, I like hitting leadoff and I feel like I can get something going. But if I don’t, there is always Nikki Visvardis or Tara McElligott who can get something going, too.

“Our order, no matter what, we’re strong together.”

Herschbach played up on the sophomore team as a freshman, but stayed at that level in her second season despite having made her college commitment.

“I can’t have everybody on the varsity and I can’t have somebody sit (with potential),” Chovanec said. “She probably could have been brought up, but that season we had seniors in some positions and I really didn’t want to bring up a kid who was not going to play.

“She came on strong last season, and this year she was hungry and wanted to prove herself. She has been a spark at the top of our lineup.”



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