Through the rain dripping down her mask, Father Gabriel Richard junior pitcher Anna Timm zeroed in on the Divine Child High School batters and battled through five innings until the game was called on Tuesday.
With these two teams atop the conference leaderboard and vying for the Catholic League title, the coaches and officials decided it was better to wait to crown the queens in better weather.
Timm dominated in the downpour, giving up just one run in five innings, and the game halted with a score of 1-1.
“Anna has always been a kid we’ve heavily relied on,” says FGR head coach Nicole Lenhoff. “In the past she’s been our only option, this year, she’s been our go-to pitcher. Rain, shine or snow I know that we can always rely on Anna to give us her best on the mound and at the plate.”
Despite her powerful performance on the mound Tuesday, Timm says this season hasn’t been her best – yet. There is still time to turn things around and meet her own high expectations.
Unlike previous seasons, Timm is sharing time on the mound, since the team is equipped with more than one pitcher this year. She says the adjustment of coming in from right field to throw hasn’t been easy, but she credits her teammates for their support.
“I want to finish strong this year and play my absolute best,” Timm says. “I want to focus on my pitching, and throw as many strikes as I can. All the support from my team behind me has helped tremendously. I could not do this without them backing me up.”
Timm’s been playing and pitching since age 7 and competes with Motor City Madness in the summer.
“I just love it. I love this game,” she says. “I feel like the whole team aspect of it is so unique to any other sport.”
The Fighting Irish want the Catholic League championship and they’ll be ready to face the Falcons again when spring finally shows itself.