Tiffin, Ohio - September 18, 2010 - Some student-athletes spend their summer training, relaxing, or working to make some extra cash. Few have the opportunity to play baseball in Venezuela like Heidelberg University freshman Lindsay Horwitz.
A Gurnee, Ill. native, Horwitz was a member of the 2010 Women's National Baseball Team that competed in the International Baseball Federation’s Women's Baseball World Cup from August 12–22 in Maracay, Venezuela.
Pitching and playing infield, Horwitz contributed to the team’s second consecutive bronze medal. On the mound, Horwitz appeared in five games and had an earned run average of 1.29, while earning seven put outs and five assists on the field.
Earning a medal was just icing on the cake.
“Having the USA patch on your chest means such a huge deal,” said Horwitz. “That in itself is just crazy to think about.”
Being a part of such an elite group is not a walk in the park. There were seven regional tryouts, held across the nation and only 18 players made the cut.
There are multiple USA men’s baseball national teams, but only one women’s.
“It’s an honor to be the only women’s national team,” Horwitz said. “We’re representing the entire country.”
Horwitz first heard of the national team when she was fifteen and made the 2007 squad in her first year trying out. Since the World Cup is only played during the even years, 2010 was Horwitz’s first World Cup experience.”
“I’m a better ball player with the different experiences [in Venezuela] that I had,” Horwtiz said. “There’s more strategy involved with baseball and I will transfer the skills that I learned over on the softball diamond.”
Playing baseball is Horwitz’s first passion as she pitched on her high school’s men’s baseball team as a freshman.
She decided to play softball in her junior and senior years at Warren Township High School, which she earned All-Conference both years, while picking up All-Area honorable mention in 2009 and All-Area First Team in 2010.