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Sears Hardware and Appliance Athlete of the Week: Dale Ryndak

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:50 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT
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Dale Ryndak

Downers Grove North's Dale Ryndak has stormed out of the gate so far this softball season.

Dale Ryndak

Senior

Downers Grove North

Softball

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Why Ryndak was selected:

Ryndak went 5-for-7 with two home runs, three doubles and five RBIs and pitched a no-hitter in a doubleheader sweep of Wheaton North.

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A knee injury suffered in the very first game knocked Dale Ryndak out for the entirety of the 2013 softball season. It hasn’t taken her long to prove she’s over the injury. The Arizona State recruit had 27 strikeouts, two wins and a no hitter as a pitcher and two home runs and five RBIs in the Trojans’ first three games of the season as they started 3-0. Ryndak, the Sears Hardware and Appliance Athlete of the Week, spoke with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi about coming back from injury, the team’s early success and the key to sustaining that success as the season goes on.

How does it feel to be back playing?

In all honesty, it doesn’t feel like I missed anything. It doesn’t feel different from my sophomore season. It feels familiar. It feels normal.

What’s it been like to get off to such a good start as a team?

I expected it for myself and we expected it as a team. We expected to do well this season. We thought we should be winning games like we are.

What’s the key to sustaining that success?

I think manufacturing runs. We’re capable of winning games with two runs if I do my job on the mound and Megan Ramsden does her job on the mound.

Do you like hitting or pitching better?

I’d like to say I like pitching better, but I feel more emotion when I get a big hit than when I strike somebody out.

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