Piedmont’s Logan Simunek is known for throwing offspeed pitches in the circle, so it’s only fitting that a figurative change-up thrown by Simunek before her senior year of high school has turned out so well.
Siumunek signed her National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State University on Wednesday at Piedmont High School after originally committing to the University of Missouri at Kansas City this summer.
“I was so relieved when I committed to Oklahoma State,” Simunek said. “After I decommitted from UMKC, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”
The decommittment wasn’t the real change-up, though. A three-year starter for Piedmont, Simunek decided after her junior season to skip her final year with Piedmont and focus solely on travel ball.
“I wanted to take a break from school ball,” she said. “It was a huge decision, but my travel ball really helped me develop and improve as a player. It helped me get where I am now.”
She made what she admitted was a big risk pay off. In July, Simunek led her travel team, Oklahoma Exclusive, to the 2015 TC/USA Nationals 16U championship game, where she earned a no decision in the Exclusive’s victory. Simunek finished the season with a 33-4 record, 167 strikeouts and a 0.68 ERA. Over a two-year span, Simunek accumulated a 56-8 record in club competition.
“She’s a competitor and we’re looking forward to having her on the squad,” Oklahoma State first-year head coach Kenny Gajewski, previously an assistant at the University of Florida and a University of Oklahoma graduate, told okstate.com of Simunek.
Simunek, who grew up an OSU fan, said the opportunity to stay close to home and join a program with a energetic new coach, made Oklahoma State the place for her.
“Coach Gajewski is family-oriented and really close with his players,” she said. “He knows what he’s doing because he came from Florida and they just won back-to-back national championships.
“I’m super happy I get to play for a state school because everyone knows who OSU is.”