[Bill Ackerman - For Shaw Media]
Czech credits her rise ball for a spike in strikeouts, along with a drop curve and a changeup. Really, though, it all starts with work.
Czech spends at least an hour every day throwing, getting that repetition and muscle memory down. In between travel ball and high school there's about a two-week break – every player needs a little recovery – but even when she's not throwing Czech works on her spins.
"Sometimes I do it into the wall of my basement, or I'll sit there working on my rise," Czech said. "Always something tied to pitching."
Indeed, the Czech home is her own private pitching workshop.
In between the left and right side of the basement is a connecting hallway that Czech will sit there and do spins. Her dad, who played baseball himself, will sit with her. The family garage doesn't house any cars, but it does have a big net in the back that Czech can pitch into or hit off a tee.
"Not enough room to have a catcher, but if I don't have time to run to the cage I can go into my garage," said Czech, who would like to coach travel ball and go into education when she's older.
Her control really sharpened when she joined the Bandits travel program. Every practice Czech made 20 straight throws to the outside corner, 20 more to the inside corner. Czech is throwing harder now, with better location.
"I always had the speed, but I never had the control," Czech said. "I finally found my groove this year."