Former Pitcher Amelia Wiercioch Makes History at Duke

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Amelia posing in her Duke uniform.

Amelia posing in her Duke uniform.

Photo Credit: A. Wiercioch

Photo Credit: A. Wiercioch

Amelia posing in her Duke uniform.

Kami Merrill, Staff Writer

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Rosary Academy is known for producing many student athletes that pursue athletics in college. One athlete is Amelia Wiercioch “17, who is attending Duke University and is already making history in their softball program. The 2017-2018 season is Duke’s inaugural softball season, and Amelia has already exceeded all expectations by hitting in the first runs and earning the first “Most Valuable Pitcher” in their first home games. The Royal Reporter asked her some questions about her record-setting first year at Duke.

RR: What was the transition like from high school softball to college softball?

Amelia Wiercioch: One difference is the heightened focus on the aspects of the game. In college softball, the difference between winning and losing a game can come down to a pitch. The biggest transition was learning to embrace all the different parts of the game and do those things consistently to the best of my ability.

Photo Credit: A. Wiercioch
Amelia Wiercioch pitching in one of her games.

RR: What are your individual and team goals for the season?

AW: Individually, one of my goals is finding a way to contribute every game. When it comes to softball, each game is different from one another, so your role on the team could change depending on the situation. We set team goals like achieving a .970 fielding percentage and getting the lead out at least 70% of the time, but our biggest long-term goal is getting to the ACC championship.

Photo Credit: D. Wiercioch
Duke softball team before a game.

RR: How have you grown as a player in the time you have trained at Duke?

AW: I think I’ve heightened just about every aspect of my game. My teammates and I write down something we want to focus on that day on a whiteboard in our locker room. In setting little goals like these daily, it reminds us to consciously work on getting better at something each and every day we step out onto the field.

Photo Credit: D. Wiercioch
Amelia Wiercioch (right) posing with a teammate.

RR: What has been the best part of playing softball at Duke?

AW: The best part about playing softball here is discovering that you can do more than you ever believed you could. Whether it’s in the weight room or on the field, being surrounded by people who care so passionately about your success is enough to push yourself past limits you had previously set for yourself, mentally or physically.

Amelia is having an amazing athletic experience at Duke, and the Rosary community is very excited and proud of her for all her accomplishments. We wish her the best of luck for her upcoming season.

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