Fisher, Ill. (WCIA) — The name alone will get you recognized in central Illinois, but it’s her game that’s put Fisher senior Sydney Eichelberger on the softball map.
“It’s really cool having my last name as part of the Illinois softball field. People always recognize it and then they put two and two together,” says Eichelberger.
Eichelberger Field is named after Shorty Eichelberger, Sydney’s great aunt. She was instrumental is getting the softball program started at the U of I and is still a major supporter of the program today, as well as Sydney.
“She’s always been so supportive watching me in softball and she always asks me for updates on how I’m doing and how I’m playing and where I’m playing, maybe she can make it out to a game,” says Eichelberger. “She’s a big support.”
Eichelberger and the Bunnies are out to prove something this year. They were a top seed in their own regional last season but got no hit in the title game by four seed Heyworth. The senior is using that as motivation for her final year.
“It was definitely devastating but it’s going to be in my mind, I’m ready to get it back. I’m ready to start that streak again and be a part of it,” says Eichelberger.
Things are going as planned right now. Eichelberger was a key contributor to the Bunnies run to state as a freshman in 2016, and she’s only got better from there.
“She’s picked up a little velocity, a little more every year,” says Fisher head coach Ken Ingold. “She doesn’t walk people hardly ever. Fields the circle beautifully. And this year she’s really hit the ball too which has really helped us. So she’s been outstanding so far.”
She’s already made her college decision, choosing to continue her softball career at Parkland next season.