NEW PALESTINE — When the pressure is on, Adie Lorsung feels most at home.
What other kind of player loves to face a full count, sets a season RBI goal of 54 and seamlessly changes positions for a squad with championship aspirations? How does one cope with all that?
By singing to herself.
The New Palestine junior flashes a smile when explaining the self-composing mechanism she uses to keep herself in the moment.
“I used to hum the ‘Right Above it’ (by Lil Wayne) because it was me and my best friend’s song that we used to love listening to,” Lorsung explained. “This year, I would say it was probably my walk-up song, ‘On to the Next One’ by Jay-Z. I always used that mentality if I got a strike, ‘OK, there’s a next pitch.’ I just kept on singing that over and over in my head.”
Lorsung’s sing-alongs produced nothing but sweet harmony at the plate this season, enough to make her the 2014 Hancock County Player of the Year as selected by the Daily Reporter sports staff in consultation with area coaches.
The Dragons’ shortstop led or co-led the county in batting average (.536), doubles (17), RBIs (44) and runs scored (39). Lorsung added seven home runs, an on-base percentage of .582 and a slugging mark of .948 – all while transitioning to a new fielding position after playing right field her first two seasons at NP and first base for Indiana Magic Gold 18U, her travel squad.
Lorsung has been a regular in the red and white’s lineup for Ed Marcum since her freshman campaign, and the veteran coach knew long ago he had a versatile player in Lorsung. But, Marcum found out just how adaptable Lorsung was when he her moved to shortstop prior to this year to fill the spot voided by Erin Lehman, a 2013 senior and county co-player of the year who now suits up for Indiana University.
“You could tell early on she was very talented. She was the type of player that could play anywhere. When a freshman comes in, you’re looking for someone to fill a need. I was looking at Adie for infield as well as outfield positions, and she just fit right in at right field. She did an outstanding job. She was a great hitter and a hard worker,” Marcum said of why Lorsung received major playing time as a ninth-grader. “We talked last year at the end of the season when Erin graduated. Erin had gotten hurt and we moved Adie to shortstop for a few games and she did a great job. I said, ‘You get an opportunity to work on shortstop, that may be a position that’s open where we’re going to be looking for someone.’
“I knew she could handle that because she is such an all-around player. I could put her just about anywhere and she would do a great job.”