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May 14, 2013

Pinkerton's President

Astros' outfielder Fabrizio leads the way on and off diamond

She may not be a captain yet, but Pinkerton junior Natalie Fabrizio sure acts like one.

“She’s a tremendous team player and does everything for the team,” said Pinkerton coach Terry Bailey. “I saw her take a player aside one day and tell her, ‘This isn’t how things are done around here.’ It was great to see.

”She might not be a captain but she is like a captain. She’s done whatever we’ve asked since her freshman year.”

Schooled as a pitcher, Fabrizio was behind three hurlers as a freshman. So Bailey made her the starting left fielder. Last year, she switched to center field, playing it brilliantly while hitting .391.

This year, Bailey needs her to both pitch and play shortstop, a difficult position she’s never played before.

”If I had a shortstop, she’d be back in the outfield,” said Bailey. “But I needed her at shortstop and she had no problem doing it. That’s the kind of kid you want — she’ll do whatever the team needs.”

Fabrizio admits that, while she’s excited to be pitching again, she’d prefer the outfield to shortstop.

”Since I never played shortstop before, there’s been a lot to learn, and there’s a lot of responsibility,” said Fabrizio. “I’d rather be in the outfield, but whatever the coach wants me to do is fine with me.”

After a slow start, she’s well over .300 after going 8 of 14 last week.

”She can hit the ball,” said Bailey. “Even when her average was down a little, she was hitting the ball hard and a lot of times taking 10 pitches, fouling it off. She was wearing pitchers out.”

As for taking a leadership role, it comes naturally for Fabrizio, who is president of her class for the second straight year and hopes to make it three straight next year.

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