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Men's Baseball-Zach Hurley

Springboro slugger says he's going to Ohio State

By Ron Jackson

Dayton Daily News

Springboro High School hitting machine Zach Hurley has verbally committed to Ohio State University after making his visit over the weekend.

Hurley helped the Panthers baseball team to a 21-7 record last spring and a district title-game appearance.The Panthers' MVP batted .471, had eight triples and 34 RBIs. Hurley, who is currently a starting defensive back for the undefeated Springboro football team, will officially sign Nov. 10.

"They treated me with the highest respect throughout the whole recruiting process," Hurley said. "Every player who has played for coach Bob Todd has walked away with a Big Ten championship ring. That's powerful. Playing at Ohio State has been a dream of mine since I was a kid."

OSU's head coach Bob Todd has built the Buckeyes into a national-caliber program at what is considered a northern school. He has guided Ohio State to seven regular-season Big Ten titles and 10 NCAA tournament berths.

Woman's Softball- Kim Reeder

Posted on Tue, Oct. 05, 2004
Notre Dame pitcher commits to Ohio State


Herald Staff Writer

She doesn't like frigid weather.

Then again, it would have been hard for Kim Reeder to pass up a brand new wardrobe -- not to mention a free college education.

So Reeder, a senior pitcher for Notre Dame and the Herald's softball player of the year, verbally committed to Ohio State on a softball scholarship -- a program that wasn't even on her radar screen this time last year.

"I hadn't even considered them," Reeder said. "I had not planned on going this far away. But I developed a rapport with the coaches and players right away. I liked it."

Figuring out which schools were sincere and which were painting a false picture left her confused and at times disappointed.

"I didn't have a very good summer," Reeder said. "The recruiting process isn't all it's cut out to be. One day a school is calling and the next you don't exist."

And while some 35 schools kept in contact from over 200 that had expressed interest, only one left a lasting impression. Reeder choices also narrowed with an abundance of freshman pitchers this year. Had she been a senior last year, the 17-year-old might have been in more demand.

"Had I been a senior last year, I could have had my pick of any school," Reeder said.

As it was Reeder still found herself being pursued by Boston College, Arkansas, Fullerton State, Stanford, Arizona State and Tennessee.

In fact she took an unofficial visit to Tennessee, where former Spirits teammate Lindsay Schutzler and All-American pitcher and North Salinas alum Monica Abbott attend.

In need of another hurler to complement Abbott, Tennessee's interest seemed sincere.

"Tennessee was the most active recruiter and then they just dropped off the face of the earth," Reeder said. "I never really heard much from them again."

Reeder, who began receiving letters from colleges when she was a freshman, felt like she was being yanked one way and pulled another by some schools.

"When you get this cutthroat stuff, it makes you question the entire process," said her mother, Cindy. "You can't commit without at least a visit. You don't go on blind faith."

What was evident was that Ohio State seemed serious about Reeder wearing the scarlet and grey. It's also a program on the rise in the Big 10.

Two years ago the Buckeyes were ranked 13th in the nation and set a school record for wins with 55. Last spring, Ohio State posting a 35-25 record.

If the program has been missing something, it's been a dominate pitcher.

"I've been told that I'll likely step in and be their No. 1 pitcher," said Reeder, who has 13 no-hitters over the last two years at Notre Dame.

Not that Reeder needed any assurances, but she also was assured that she will get to wear her uniform No. 7.

Ohio State put a little pressure on Reeder as well. Before she left on her visit in September, there was push from the coach for a commitment.

But Reeder asked and was granted an extra week so she could take one more visit.

"They did give me a date on a verbal," Reeder said. "But I needed to be sure. Visiting another school only solidified my feelings that this was the right place for me."

That and a chance to fly back and watch the Ohio State-Michigan football game in November.

"You get that old college feeling you don't get in California," Reeder said. "It's so rich in tradition. It had that college feeling that I envisioned. It'll be hard to leave the beach life. But now I'll have four seasons."

Last year Reeder's fastball had some pop. At one point, her riser was clocked at 69 mph (about equal to a 90 mph fastball in baseball).

Consistent between 63-67 on the radar gun, the 5-foot-9 Reeder believed what caught a lot of recruiters attention over the summer was her drop and drop curve.

"It was unhittable at the nationals," Reeder said. "A lot of colleges told me they liked my presence on the mound."

Over the last two years, Reeder has compiled a 56-3 record with 44 shutouts and over 500 strikeouts. During her junior year, she posted an 0.00 earned run average.

And while pitching is what has seen Reeder fill up two shoe boxes with letters, her bat and fielding didn't go unnoticed.

If Reeder needed another selling point, it came when Ohio State offered her a chance to hit and play the infield and outfield when she wasn't pitching.

"If I'm performing, they'll let me bat when I'm pitching," Reeder said.

A three-year starter on the Spirits soccer team, Reeder was told she could try out for the soccer team.

"I was excited until I learned soccer is in the fall in college," Reeder said. "But that would mean missing some football games."
Good pickup by the Lady Bucks. She sounds like a keeper.

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sounds? id say looks like a keeper
lol, she does.

How about a little girl-on-girl action?:




Don't let Kim Reeder's calm demeanor fool you. The Notre Dame High School softball pitcher knew exactly what was at stake when she had Monte Vista Christian's Katie Turner 0-and-2 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday at the Salinas Sports Complex.

"Yeah, I knew I had a perfect game going," the sophomore MVP of the Tri-County Athletic League said. "But I didn't want to talk about it or think about it because I always jinx myself when I do."

Reeder retired Turner on a grounder to second baseman Serena Benavente to secure an 8-0 win over Monte Vista and help the five-time defending Central Coast Section Division III champion Spirits reach the semifinals of this year's tournament.

No. 1 seeded Notre Dame will play No. 5 seed Capuchino at 7 p.m. Wednesday at San Jose's PAL Stadium for the right to try for another CCS crown on Saturday.

The only hexing going on was the spell Reeder weaved over the Monte Vista bats. Working the ball up and down in the strike zone, she didn't serve the ball to the hitters on anything resembling a flat plane. As a result, Monte Vista hitters either popped the ball up or beat it harmlessly into the ground.

"I can't remember even one hard-hit ball," Notre Dame coach Joe Given said.

"That's not my usual pattern," said Reeder, "but my riser was working very well today."

Although Monte Vista was unable to make a solid connection, some of its meekly struck efforts were troublesome. The Mustangs' first hitter of the game, Martha Ramirez, punched a soft liner toward second base. But Notre Dame shortstop Amy Tompkins read the play and made a tricky catch look routine.

In the third, MVC's Rachell Hawkins lobbed a shot that landed just beyond the skin of the infield in right field. But right fielder Liz Cava was playing shallow and threw Hawkins out before she could reach first -- your standard 9-3 groundout.

"That happens fairly frequently," Given said. "Some of our outfielders are converted infielders, so they know how to get rid of the ball quickly. We must have gotten five or six outs that way this year."

So while Reeder and the Notre Dame defense were shutting the door on Monte Vista, the Spirits used two big innings to seal the deal.

In the first, Notre Dame scored three times on RBI singles by Reeder and Teri Ann Caoagan. In the fourth, the Spirits parlayed five hits and a three-base error into a five-run inning. The big blows were a triple by Alyssa Given and a single by Serena Benavente that was misplayed into a four-base romp for the Notre Dame second sacker.

Lindsay Schutzler, Reeder and Caoagan each had two hits to pace Notre Dame's attack.

Reeder struck out seven and didn't come close to walking anyone. She was economical with her pitches, throwing only 64 serves in the seven-inning game, 49 for strikes.

Monte Vista had its moments. Pitcher Jessie Brumbaugh, the only senior on a squad that starts five sophomores and four freshmen, yielded only two earned runs, struck out three and walked none in her complete game.

Mustangs frosh shortstop Bri Cureton of Prunedale had a good game on defense, and centerfielder Kaylee Kusaba made the catch of the day, robbing Reeder of at least a double in the fifth inning.
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JB Shuck

JB Shuck of Galion Ohio:osu:

JB announced a couple of weeks ago that he was committing to OSU.
JB was a all state centerfielder last year as well as being named pitchers of the year in the area.
Him and his Dad have always been big Mi-chigun fans but they must have finally seem the light!

Way to go JB! I am glad you finally woke up.
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Kim Reeder is having a good year. Of the Lady Bucks 21 wins, Kim has 11 (as a true freshman). She is currently 11-6 with back-to-back 3 hit shutouts. Way to go, Kim!
The ladies played a brutal non-conference schedule. Now in the beginning of a homestand that encompasses 18 of 19 games and ending the season with 20 of 27 games at home, they should make a big push.
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