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The younger sister of former Virginia Tech star and current assistant softball coach Angela Tincher said she didn't want to play in her sister's shadow.
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James River's Abby Tincher has verbally committed to pitch for Liberty University. "To be at a college where everyone puts God first... that's the best thing ever," Tincher said.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Another member of the Tincher family is going to pitch in college.
James River High School senior pitcher Abby Tincher said Tuesday she has verbally committed to Liberty University. Tincher, the younger sister of former James River and Virginia Tech great Angela Tincher, said she received a softball scholarship offer from new Flames coach Dot Richardson last month.
“To be at a college where everyone puts God first … that’s the best thing ever,” Abby Tincher said.
Tincher said she became interested in the Liberty softball program after visiting the university last fall.
“I wasn’t really considering softball for college at all,” she said. “A lot of people thought, ‘You’re Angela Tincher’s little sister, that’s going to be [the plan],’ but I had kind of decided I was going to pursue music and arts and other things and was just going to be a normal student. But I went to Liberty and I realized this is a pretty big-time school, it’s not just a place I can go and necessarily pay my way easily.
“I knew the Lord wanted me there and I did what I had to do to get there.”
She was already a good pitcher, but she began working to make herself an NCAA Division I prospect. She was coached by her father, Denny, who has tutored Angela Tincher and a number of other area pitchers.
“I knew it was going to be hard work, but me and my dad committed to it,” Abby Tincher said. “I didn’t have a whole lot of social time in the last year.”
Liberty hired Richardson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, three months ago. Richardson’s two assistant coaches eyed Tincher at a July tournament in Atlanta, where she pitched for her Northern Virginia-based travel-ball team.
“I ended up playing three of the best games of my life,” Tincher said.
Tincher made the All-Timesland second team as a sophomore, when she was 11-4 with 114 strikeouts, 36 walks and a 1.18 ERA in 100 2⁄3 innings. She threw a four-hitter to beat Floyd County in a regional semifinal win that clinched a 2012 state tournament berth for the Knights.
She was 8-3 with 55 strikeouts, 26 walks and a 1.40 ERA in 75 innings last season, when she shut out John Battle in the state quarterfinals.
Virginia Tech, which recently hired Angela Tincher as an assistant coach, did not offer Abby Tincher a scholarship. Abby Tincher said she was not interested in Tech anyway because of her sister’s shadow.
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