Sydney Seigler didn’t want to pitch an inning and then just sit in the dugout, waiting to return to the circle.
She wanted to step up with a bat in her hand, especially after people thought she should be only a pitcher.
“I was told when I was younger that I wouldn’t be a hitter,” Seigler said. “I worked hard. I didn’t want to be the pitcher who was there to only pitch. I wanted to be a double threat.”
Once again, Seigler was just that as she earned The Augusta Chronicle's pick as the South Carolina softball player of the year. She starred at the plate and as a pitcher, hitting better than .400 and winning 14 games with a 1.35 ERA as a senior for the North Augusta softball team. The Lady Jackets went 23-5, falling just short of winning the SCHSL Class AAAA District VII title.
Seigler is not overlooked anymore, either as a hitter or pitcher. Instead, her impressive numbers will keep her involved as a player for the next few years.
Seigler is heading to Presbyterian College, where, she said, she’ll be one of four pitchers for the Big South school. She also expects at-bats when she plays in the outfield.
"You know you're getting production from her. She's a great hitter and great pitcher," North Augusta coach Derrick Quinn said. "I was very lucky to have a player like her. Most pitchers I had in the past were just a pitcher and not great hitters."
Seigler leaves North Augusta after winning almost 40 games as a pitcher the past two seasons. The Lady Jackets won the Lower State championship her junior year, an accomplishment Seigler hoped to repeat this spring.
Wando High denied that goal, but the disappointment has been allayed by the program’s progress that Seigler helped start.
“The past few years have been awesome. Our team had chemistry, which is why we always got so far. We really turned it around here, and I think it’ll continue from that,” Seigler said. “I think the program will continue to be exactly like it’s been.”