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Southwest's Taylor Fritz stays patient, finds 'very comfortable' fit in Ball State softball

Southwest's Taylor Fritz stays patient, finds 'very comfortable' fit in Ball State softball

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State softball, 10.15

Lincoln Southwest's Taylor Fritz rounds third in after hitting a home run against Lincoln East during the Class A final at the state softball tournament Oct. 15 at Bill Smith Complex in Hastings.

Taylor Fritz knows it takes patience at the plate to be a good hitter.

The Lincoln Southwest senior had to use the same approach to her recruiting process.

"It was very stressful because all of my teammates were committing and they knew where they were going," she said. "Everyone just told me to take my time, find the right fit. Find what I really like."

Like looking for her pitch, Fritz found her future home. Less than two weeks after helping lead Southwest to a Class A state championship, Fritz committed to Division I Ball State.

She'll sign her letter of intent next month.

"I've always dreamed of being a Division I softball player, but then when you're actually trying, you have doubts and everything," Fritz said. "But now that it's true, it's just so crazy."

Fritz committed to the Cardinals' program less than two weeks after taking her second unofficial visit to the school located in Muncie, Indiana. Her connection to Ball State started in the summer when Fritz's hitting coach, James Lockhart, introduced her to head coach Lacy Schurr, who before coming to Ball State in 2020 was an assistant at Harvard. Lockhart's daughter Erin, a Lincoln Southeast graduate, played there.

"(Lockhart) thought it would be a good fit so he decided to introduce us and see where it went," said Fritz, who also was considering Fairleigh-Dickinson and Wellesley College, which is near Boston.

Ball State was "very comfortable," Fritz said.

"The city, the people there, everything just felt very much like home," she said.

Fritz, who played at first base for the Silver Hawks, said she will probably play outfield in college. She hit .405 with 10 doubles, eight homers and 46 RBIs as a senior at Southwest.

Reach Clark Grell at 402-473-2639 or On Twitter at @LJSSportsGrell.


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