Williams Valley's Kylie Doyle signs with 'Lightning'


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TOWER CITY - Fractured hand. Broken ankle. Toe surgery.

Put her in - she's ready to play.

Those who know Williams Valley's Kylie Doyle can attest to her grit on the softball field. Thankfully, the Viking senior has healed well from prior injuries and will continue playing softball at the collegiate level.

She has signed on to play for the Goldey-Beacom College Lightning, in Wilmington, DE, a Division II institution in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Goldey-Beacom College was an ideal fit for Doyle.

"I didn't want to go in-state," said Doyle, in explaining her selection process. "I wanted to major in criminal justice and the FBI recruits right off my campus," she said.

Doyle received an athletic-grant-in-aid to play for the Lightning softball squad and will get her education paid for, as long as she keeps her grades up and continues to meet the college's eligibility requirements.

Her philosophy for her senior year was to enjoy her high school schedule of games, while maintaining the fundamentals.

"I try to keep a level head. I'm working on keeping my attitude under check and keeping my fundamentals set."

Doyle, who was recruited for her pitching, said she'd also be happy playing infield, as well, at the collegiate level.

Doyle was on the Vikings' PIAA Class A state championship squad last year, serving as co-captain. She shares co-captain duties this year with pitcher, Cassidy Pinchorski.

Committment

"It's been total focus and total commitment," said Williams Valley Head Softball Coach Lee Reiser.

Reiser has seen her mature as a player, noting Doyle's a fantastic pitcher, and a "great defensive third baseman".

"She's become so much more of a leader and she knows how to handle kids and make them listen. Her career here is 14-0. She's mature enough to take a back seat. I attribute her success to her maturity and it's just been a pleasure to coach her," Reiser said.

"I'm so happy she's matured into the kind of co-captain you want. She's a vocal leader," said Reiser.

Milestone

At the time of the interview, Doyle had a .385 batting average over the four years and was awaiting her 100th career hit, which she got in "grand" fashion recently. Doyle registered the milestone, belting out a grand slam against Jim Thorpe. She's had 26 extra base hits, 49 RBIs and only had two errors on base the whole season, according to Reiser.

Practice

Doyle's practice schedule includes not only training with the Vikings' squad, but also working with her travel ball team, the Outlaws Fastpitch Gold, which practices in Allentown, and in New Jersey in the winter months. The team travels to competitions all along the U.S. east coast. Doyle has played on travel teams since she was 9 years old.

The Outlaws Fastpitch Gold placed 5th in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) in Maryland in 2013, and Doyle played a major role in the team's success, according to Coach Jeff Fischl.

"She pitched four games in one day to get us there," said Fischl. "She's a gamer. She wants the ball. She works hard and has a good work ethic."

Doyle said she likes using her "change-up" and her "drop ball" as two of her most effective pitches. Jack Young serves as Doyle's pitching coach for the Outlaws.

Goldey-Beacom College Head Softball Coach William "Bill" Streets saw Doyle in action on her travel team, including an All-American game in Florida in October 2013 and at a T&T Tournament in Quakertown.

"He saw her play with the travel team and always stayed in touch," said Kylie's mother, Teri Yuschock, who only missed one of her daughter's games - when she was ill with pneumonia.

Teri has watched Kylie work through her own injuries over the years. "She had a fractured hand and a fractured ankle and still played. She had surgery on her toe and didn't tell anyone. She pitched that day. She doesn't give up."

"Our basement's been taken over," said her stepfather, Michael Yuschock, about Kylie's persistent training efforts.

"I wouldn't be signing, if it wasn't for them," Doyle said of her family's support. Name:

Kylie Doyle

Age:

18

Hometown:

Tower City

Family:

Parents, Michael and Teri Yuschock, Pat Doyle; Brother, Devon Doyle

College:

Signed with Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington, DE; Softball; Criminal Justice

Activities & Awards:

Williams Valley Softball, Softball Club, Big Vike/Little Vike, 21st Century volunteer, Diversity Club, Stand TALL, Mock Trial, Drama Club, Ski Club, Volleyball, Guest reader, National Honor Society, President's Volunteer Award, Outlaws 10U Coach, Crush 10U Coach, Tower City Rec Ball Coach, Field Day volunteer, Tremont Nursing Home volunteer, Lisi Bombers 12U helper, PA Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer, Williams Valley Softball Co-captain, Schuylkill County, All-Area Team Softball Second Team All-State, Outlaws Fastpitch Gold of Allentown

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