PITCHER HOPES TO MAKE GRADE AT NOTRE DAME.Byline: Bryan Winchell Special to the Daily News
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Baltruzak, who carries a 3.83 grade-point average at La Reina, already has been accepted to Notre Dame for her academics and is trying to convince Miller that she would make a nice addition to the team. She has sent Miller a video of her playing and is waiting on her response.
If she does play, she would prefer to pitch. For La Reina, Baltruzak had a solid season last year in leading the Regents to the Southern Section finals.
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She also plays third and first base for La Reina and has played some outfield in the past. She batted leadoff last year for the Regents. However, she doesn't think she'll be playing those positions for the Fighting Irish.
Even if she doesn't play for Notre Dame, Baltruzak is looking forward to her final season with La Reina. The Regents lost six seniors from last year and thus will be very young, with Baltruzak the most experienced player on the team.
For Baltruzak, though, life without softball softball, variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. Invented (1888) in Chicago as an indoor game, it was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground ball, kitten ball, and, because it was also played by women, ladies' at Notre Dame wouldn't exactly be unfulfilling. She is from a family of Notre Dame graduates - two cousins and a few uncles went there - and she has visited the campus a few times.
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But one of the bigger draws for Baltruzak is something that attracts much attention to the school: football.
"The first thing I loved about it was the football," Baltruzak said.
For Baltruzak, who has lived in Texas and California all her life, her visits to the school and trips to the football games have all taken place in mild September. When the winter weather comes around, though, she'll be ready.
"I'm planning on layering lots of clothing," she said.
While Baltruzak currently is playing soccer for the Regents, she has no plans to play for Notre Dame. Unlike softball, Baltruzak treats soccer like a pastime. The Irish won the national title last season, so she feels she'd be a better spectator than contributor.
Whether Baltruzak makes the softball team remains to be seen, but she knows one fact in which to find solace.
"All of my friends are jealous of me right now because they are still doing their applications," she said with a laugh.
Photo La Reina High School La Reina High School is a Catholic college preparatory junior and senior high school for girls. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, La Reina is owned and administered by the Sisters of Notre Dame. junior Jennifer Baltruzak already has been accepted to the University of Notre Dame for her 3.83 GPA GPA
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