StarTrib: Sara Groenewegen, It's all about that Change

Ignatius L Hoops

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Sep 9, 2015
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“She’s the total package,” Illinois coach Tyra Perry said.

The pitch that turned Groenewegen (pronounced Grown-uh-wagon) into an All-America player wasn’t even part of her arsenal five years ago.

Mark Smith, coach of the Canadian National Team, saw Groenewegen’s promise, but told her she needed an off-speed pitch to thrive on the international level. She took the advice to heart, developing a changeup that remained an unfinished product when she arrived at Minnesota.

And now?

“It’s the best I’ve ever seen,” Allister said.

Even without her devastating changeup, Groenewegen brought a potent set of tools to Minnesota. Gophers pitching coach Piper Ritter said she loved the effortless look of Groenewegen’s delivery and the fierce competitive streak that led her out of jams.

Groenewegen’s pitches weren’t overpowering, but they had late movement. To this day, she rarely throws a straight fastball. Her curve ball tails away from righthanded hitters; her screwball tails away from lefties. She throws both of those pitches about 65-miles per hour

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