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She now goes to pitching lessons with Jill Waldron in St. Charles. She has sharpened the spin on her assortment of seven pitches. Dooley also works with a personal trainer at Strong U Gym in Villa Park, and has seen a jump in her speed from 55 mph to close to 60 in the last year.
"I have worked on a new adjustment to make my pitches more consistent, moving them inside and outside, high and low," Dooley said. "It's really about the movement of the ball. The spin is important."
Karos has noticed a big improvement just in one year.
"From last summer to this season she's got faster; she really committed to a workout program," Karos said. "With her work ethic, she's proven that hard work pays off."
Dooley considers her screwball her best pitch right now, but she also can call on any other pitch from a fastball, drop or curve.
"She has a lot of options and she's pretty strong with all of them," Karos said. "She makes hitters think and keeps them off balance. With her movement, and being able to change speeds, I knew she would be good."