PREP SOFTBALL

Two local softball players playing in Taiwan

2012-02-17T19:00:00Z 2012-08-29T23:24:25Z Two local softball players playing in TaiwanBy Steve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

Lizzie Seymour was worried Wednesday. OK, it was a little more than just worry. The sophomore multi-sport athlete at Lake Central is a picky eater.

So she planned to type "Taiwan" into her computer's search engine. It is something she needs to know.

"Yes, I am, I have no idea what kind of food they have," Seymour said. "I'm freaking out about it. I'm going to Google 'Taiwan' tonight."

Seymour and Andrean senior pitcher Nikki Steinbach both left for Asia on Friday to participate in the Nantou International Fastpitch Softball Tournament held in Nantou City and Puli, Taiwan.

Playing for Team USA, they will compete against former Olympians and teams from Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China.

Seymour's mother, Zoe, will be going along on the trip. And Fred Steinbach, an assistant coach at Andrean, will be going with his daughter.

Seymour is also concerned with the 18 to 20 hours of jet travel to get to the other side of the planet.

"Yeah, I don't like sitting very long so we'll see how this goes," Seymour said. "I'm excited to play against some of the best players in the world. It's going to be a great experience and hopefully it will help me with my softball."

Seymour is a guard on Lake Central's girls basketball team, which lost to E.C. Central last Saturday night in the sectional championship game. Had the Indians won, another player would've taken her spot in Taiwan.

The team will be coached by Cara Johnson-Hirsch and Jeanne Raymon, a former coach at Butler. The tournament will be played from Feb. 17-26.

Both players had to receive permission to miss this much school. Beyond the cultural exchanges and playing the games, the players will take part in study tables and will visit local schools in Taiwan.

"I want to visit Sun Moon Lake," said Steinbach on Wednesday. She had already Googled Taiwan.

"It's in the middle of the mountains and it looks really cool," she continued. "I was nervous at first but now I'm getting really excited. It's going to be like culture shock. I know the players over there are really fast. I've been told they haven't seen a rise(ball) or a screwball. So I might try that and see how it goes.

"I'm really pumped. This is going to be a great experience, for both softball and life."

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