Adrianna Pedrow can be centerfield...or anywhere else for that matter.
The soon-to-be high school senior from Richmond has put together a successful summer season as an outfielder/utility player on the 16A Lawrence Phenix softball team. Her play is a key catalyst for the Phenix, which is coming off a second-place finish this past Sunday at the 16A United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Kansas State Tournament in Shawnee.
“The girls played very well all weekend,” Karl Ploeger, 16A Lawrence Phenix head coach, said. “We are very strong offensive team, and they just continued to out hit our opponents. Adrianna is an important part of our team. She plays all three outfield positions, is a great situational hitter and just does whatever we ask her to do. She is a true joy to coach and her teammates love having her as part of our group.”
Pedrow, 17, brings a season .429 batting average, .450 on-base percentage and .920 fielding percentage to the USSSA National Championship Tournament, which kicks off Tuesday in Overland Park. Pedrow is confident her team — which includes players from Lawrence, Olathe, Paola and Burlington — can win it all.
“We’re hoping that we go all the way,” she said. “Who knows what will happen. We just have to play together, cheer each other on, and have faith in each other. If we work together, I think we can do it. We’re a really good team. We really don’t have much drama on our team, and we’re all really good friends.”
Pedrow, who has played softball since she was five years old, said she has worked hard this summer to make up for lost time. She did not play softball during the spring at Anderson County High School.
“My goal this summer was to just improve myself because I really want to play college ball,” she said. “By not playing high school ball, I have to improve myself during summer ball. I’ve been working hard, and dedicating myself this summer to playing better. I had a lot of issues during high school ball that I ended up not playing. I had an injury that also set me back.”
And so Pedrow set out to prove the nay-sayers wrong, she said. She worked on all facets of the game, but really honed in on her hitting.
“If you can hit, you can play anywhere,” she said.
Centerfield is her favorite position because, “you have to sacrifice your body for the game, and catch every ball that is hit to you,” she said.
What sacrifices she’s made has earned Pedrow a nomination to the Third Annual Best of the Best Mo-Kan All-State Game for 16U, something she said is a huge accomplishment. The game is set for Aug. 5 at Blue Valley Recreation Sports Complex in Overland Park.