FORT WAYNE – A shy, easy-going person off the softball field, Carroll’s Katy Guebard gets on a mound and becomes a different person.
Or is it that her true nature comes through when she faces a batter?
I think I am more like myself when I am out there, my true self, she said. I can show who I am.
Whatever the case, she has become the best pitcher in school history with a bevy of career and single-season records and the hope of leading the Chargers to a Class 4A state championship.
Don’t let the smile fool you, Guebard can be nasty to opposing hitters.
There’s a calm, cool manner that masks a bit of the mean streak that most elite pitchers need to be effective.
She’s been known to smile when she thinks it is a strike, and they call it a ball, said her mother, Jennifer Guebard.
She will smile and move on. That’s her thing. That’s what she is. She likes to have fun.
The Saint Francis recruit set school records last year with a 20-4 record and 211 strikeouts.
With a 15-2 mark in 2014 and 138 strikeouts, she holds the school career mark in almost every pitching category. With her 12 wins as a sophomore, her first varsity season, Guebard has 47 wins.
I like the mental side of it, and how you can be in control of what’s happening, said Guebard, who has a 1.03 ERA this season.
The Chargers are ranked No. 7 in 4A and will open DeKalb Sectional play at 7 p.m. Tuesday against North Side.
The right-hander has been getting batters out for the better part of eight years now, but with the help of a pitching coach, Guebard’s game has gotten better over the last four years.
She learned the basic spins to softball pitching that has brought a rise ball, screwball, curveball and a drop ball.
Over the last couple of years, she has learned to use her legs more effectively, which has brought more power to her pitching.
It has really evolved over the past four years, Guebard said.
From her days playing T-ball and with the Daisy junior and senior leagues at Wallen, Guebard has been a natural on the mound.
There’s also been the usual amount of time spent in travel ball during the summer honing her craft.
When she started with pitching coaches, they were impressed with how quickly she learned, Jennifer said.
She just picks up on things very, very quickly. When she needs to improve, she just does it.