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The Queen of K in Rusk

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Her strategy is simple.

"I go outside, outside, up."
"Then outside, outside, change up."
"Hit them with it again."
"If I can mow everyone down, I want to do it."

And she does it over and over again.

"They are just up there to make contact," said Rusk head softball coach Ashley Renner. "They [other batters] don't look confident up there in the box."

At 6'1, there is nothing small about Sydney Littlejohn's pitching.

"The other teams will watch her warm up, and you can see the are intimidated, you can see the look on their faces when the whole team is standing there watching the warm up," said Renner. "You know what is going through their mind."

"You can tell they are ready to get out of the batters box," said Littlejohn.

The Rusk senior has been sitting them down her whole career.

She's already thrown two perfect games this year and while averaging an amazing 16 punchouts a game for the 4th ranked Lady Eagles, who sit at 16-2 on the year.

Now she is on the verge of 1,000 strikeouts for her career.

"It is one of my main goals this year, just as a personal record, to get 1,000 striekouts." said Littlejohn. "That has always been something, through all my pitching coaches growing up, that was an awesome goal and I want to acheive it."

Littejohn is set to pitch for the University of Alabama next year.

Before her college career begins in Tuscaloosa, she wants to end her high school career in Austin.

"It would be awesome," said junior catcher Kelsey Blankinship. "Because our pitcher is awesome."

"I want to go to state with this team." said Littlejohn. "That is my dream and my goal and it would mean the world to me. They [my teammates] mean the world to me, state is our main goal and we'll do whatever it takes to get there."

One strikeout at a time.

The Lady Eagles play again on April 5th at Groesbeck.

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