INDIAN HILL – There’s a lot riding on the right arm of Cincinnati Country Day junior pitcher Missy Dieckman-Meyer.
A first-team all-Miami Valley Conference performer from a year ago, Dieckman-Meyer has become a leader on a team with just one senior.
“By far, she’s the best pitcher we’ve had here,” coach Scott Lemen said. “I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
There have been some growing pains as the team breaks in youth behind Dieckman-Meyer. At times, the team’s age costs the Indians in terms of run support.
“We started out rough, but I think we’ll definitely get better throughout the season,” Dieckman-Meyer said.
Entering the April 16 contest with North College Hill, she was 2-2 with 47 strikeouts and fresh off a win against Seven Hills. She picked up her third win of the season in the 9-2 victory against the Trojans.
Last year, she struck out close to 2.6 batters per inning and Lemen said his team only had to come up with the other seven outs as a result. He said she is just as consistent this season.
She starts off most batters with a strike and then goes to work on both sides of the plate with an array of pitches.
“That’s what I try to do,” she said of attacking the strike zone. “I think the movement of my pitches and change in speed are what make me most effective.”
It’s clear Dieckman-Meyer stacks up favorably against the rest of the MVC, but Lemen is confident that her talent places her even higher.
In his mind, she is either the best or among the top two players in the city, and is one of the top five players in the southwest region.
Dieckman-Meyer said her coach’s praise was nice but added that softball is a team game.
Either way, there’s no denying her importance to the team.
“We’ll go as far as she can take us,” Lemen said.