From her vantage point at shortstop, Flintridge Prep softball player Kelly Wang can see the frustration of opposing batters when they vacate the batter's box and then walk back to the dugout after striking out against Denise van der Goot.
Wang knows from her past experiences, having faced van der Goot numerous times during practice. While Wang hasn't had much success hitting van der Goot, the same can be said for opponents.
"It's just so hard to hit against her, so I understand how the other teams feel," Wang said.
Van der Goot has been a pillar in the circle for Flintridge Prep throughout the regular season and through during the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs. Flintridge Prep (14-4) will look for van der Goot to continue piling up strikeouts when it faces host Rim of the World (22-5) in a second-round contest at 3:15 p.m. today.