ELMHURST — Speed is Angela Scalzitti’s game so it made sense for her to become a slap hitter and maximize the value of her quickness.
The York junior center fielder made the switch to slap hitting just last year, and it’s worked so well for her that she’s committed to play for DePaul. Scalzitti is only wondering what took so long.
“I love slapping,” Scalzitti said. “I wish I would have started sooner.
“I put the ball on the ground and I’m just there to beat it out. I love it.”
She is York’s leadoff hitter and a spark plug for the Dukes’ offense, but has also made plays defensively. On Saturday, she threw out a runner at home to preserve a tie score in the seventh inning against Riverside Brookfield. Scalzitti was also 5-for-5 at the plate in the doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs.
“Obviously Angela is one of our leaders on the field,” said York coach Drew McGuire. “She’s just so fast. When she gets on base we can do so much offensively with her and our offense works when she hits.”
Scalzitti uses her speed to be an effective slap hitter. Once on base, she is dangerous.
“I’m just trying to get on base for my team,” Scalzitti said. “I struggled last year with slapping. Last year was my first season slapping and I worked real hard this summer and in the fall.”
That work has paid off to the tune of a .600 batting average through nine games.
One of her coaches said to try it due to her speed and she’s taken right to it. Her success garnered attention from college programs and Scalzitti committed to DePaul in October.
“I’m lucky enough that I had an opportunity to do that, but softball is weird like that,” Scalzitti said of the early commitment. “I was their last recruit.
“I’m really excited. They are usually top 25 in the nation. The coach is really nice. I’m looking forward to it.”