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Diamond Girl

ELC ace will end career with one more run at a state title

July 13, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

For four years, Kendall Bosch has been Estherville Lincoln Central's ace pitcher.

Although there have been many good pitchers for the Midgets, few have done it for four years.

After helping the Midgets return to the state softball tournament last season for the first time since 1998, Kendall's numbers this season are stronger than ever.

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Kendall Bosch

She has a career-high in strikeouts (189) with three games left and a career-low in walks with nine.

She has hit just eight batters in her career, but five of those came this season.

Both Kendall and ELC head coach Megan Anderson attribute the slightly elevated number to more inside pitchers to try to jam hitters.

Like many pitchers, Kendall's career on the mound started around fifth grade.

However, she had an ace in the hole.

Her father, Mike Bosch, is a softball coach. Mike built a perennial contender while coaching 13 seasons at Iowa Lakes Community College.

"He helped me a lot me a lot," said Kendall. "I think maybe I'd still have the same passion, but having him helps give me one up on others."

Mike, now an assistant softball coach at Syracuse, still has advice for his daughter.

Kendall said he often offers some general pitching advice such as whether she's shifting her weight on her feet incorrectly or giving her some tips on batters.

"He tells me I throw too many strikes," she said.

Looking back toward her freshman season, Kendall points to a playoff game against Bishop Heelan as giving both her and her teammates some confidence for the following years. ELC lost 1-0 to the Crusaders in the second round of the playoffs.

"That was the first time that a lot of us realized that we weren't as bad as we thought and gave us momentum over the next few years," Kendall said.

For the first four years of her career, Morgan Schichtl was Kendall's battery mate behind the plate. This season, both Christina Tendal and Taylor Lago have divided the catcher duties.

"All the catchers have done a really good job," said Kendall. "It takes chemistry between a pitcher and a catcher, which Morgan and I had. I'm proud of both Taylor and Christina this year. Sometimes my pitches get a little crazy."

While her statistics have been relatively consistent, Kendall has had to battle through shoulder injuries. She had surgery in the offseason, but said it didn't take out of her softball game.

While Kendall has also competed in swimming to help build strength, she usually takes the fall off from pitching.

During the winter months, she pitches two to-three times per week and that is increased during the spring as the softball season approaches.

Coach Anderson has watched Kendall develop the past four years.

"She's gotten stronger and better," Anderson said. "She's moving the ball more."

Kendall plans to continue her softball career as she has signed to play at Syracuse, where she will join her father.

Meanwhile, as ELC begins its tournament run in Class 3A Monday, Kendall and the entire team look forward to the challenge.

"I feel like we had a lot of fun this season," she said. "I like how everyone is stepping up."

While East Marshall is a good hitting team, Kendall said the focus is more on the team.

"It normally comes down to how we play," she said.

As a leader, Coach Anderson couldn't ask for more.

"She puts the team on her shoulders," the coach said. "Not matter what the situation, she leaves it all on the field."

 
 
 

 

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