BarricK: AGWSR pitcher piling up strikeouts

AGWSR's Taryan Barrick releases a pitch during a softball game at Gladbrook-Reinbeck last Thursday. As of the start of the first full week in June, Barrick had the most strikeouts of any pitcher in Iowa. (Jake Ryder/The Grundy Register)

GLADBROOK – AGWSR's Taryan Barrick had to work through some pain at the end of her sophomore season.


She was adding a rise ball to her pitching repertoire, but by the end of the year she had developed some tendonitis in her elbow.


Barrick still ended her season strong, finishing atop Class 1A with 258 strikeouts even though the Cougars fell one win short of the state tournament.


This summer, she's feeling better and she's once again filling the stat sheets in the pitcher's circle.


As of Monday, June 4's stats collected on, Barrick had the most strikeouts of any pitcher in the state with 107 Ks in 53 and one-third innings pitched.


That includes 14 strikeouts in Class 1A No. 12 AGWSR's 10-0 victory against Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Gladbrook last Thursday.


She's ahead of her pace from last season, averaging about 14.1 strikeouts per 7 innings pitched compared to a 12.1 K/7 ratio last season.


"I've been throwing pitches throughout the season and off-seasons and getting used to the momentum of it," Barrick said. "I'm pretty confident in myself, confident in my team behind me, just have to throw the ball like normal."


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