Name: Brooke Barker
High School: Riverside
Background Info: The last two season's Brooke Barker lined up at second base, behind pitcher Kirsten Wilson. She watched as Wilson dominated competition and led the Panthers to the WPIAL Class AA title last season. Wilson was the 2013 Post-Gazette Player of the Year. She was 22-1 as a pitcher and batted .549 at the plate with six home runs while being intentionally walked 27 times. She struck out 271 batters in 150 innings where she allowed six earned runs all season. She tossed six no hitters and 19 of her 22 wins came via shutout. This season at Bloomfield College she has pitched 84 2/3 innings and maintained a 2.02 ERA while driving in 28 runs at the plate and batting .396. Barker is well aware of all of that. She was also well aware that Riverside needed someone to step up and fill those shoes. Barker volunteered. Despite being an all-section performer at second base last season, Barker answered the call to move to pitcher. After never having pitched before, Barker tossed a few games in the summer and in fall ball and in the winter she sought out a pitching coach in Ohio.