Antonia Schaefer embracing new opportunities at Edinboro

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 at 7:37 PM
Antonia Schaefer embracing new opportunities at Edinboro  by Nate Steis
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After her first two years of college were spent at Robert Morris University, Schaefer decided it was time for a change and made Edinboro University her new home. Growing up, Schaefer played alongside fellow Edinboro softball player Maya Kozup who had an influence in helping convince Schaefer that being a Fighting Scot would be a great opportunity for the rest of her softball career. 

“I really wanted a change of scenery,” Schaefer said. “I had known about Edinboro from Maya being on the team and visiting campus when I competed in indoor track and field in high school. The conference Edinboro competes in (The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) was also a conference I wanted to compete in.” 

So far, Schaefer has wasted little time as a Fighting Scot as she has balanced softball workouts and the fall ball season, her computer science classes, a part-time job at the Technology Help Center, and being involved with Delta Zeta sorority. Being at Edinboro has allowed for more balance in her life overall, something that will benefit her moving forward into her post college days. 

“I really liked the philanthropy aspect that Delta Zeta stood for,” Schaefer said. “I wanted to try something new and meet new people, and I really connected well with the girls of Delta Zeta. Something else I liked was the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission that we are a part of, which helps give hearing aids to those in need.” 

As for her future career, she hopes those can combine her two biggest passions, which are the athletic and cybersecurity industries. Presently, she serves as a ball girl for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball organization, which has provided her with the chance to meet a collection of players, coaches, and other professionals, which will serve her well. 

While the Pittsburgh Pirates ball girl job is truly a dream come true, she also enjoys another part-time role she has as a softball instructor for Speed-1 Sports in Pittsburgh. The gym is a hub for sports, athletes, and general fitness, with the business being owned by her father, Fred, since 2020. At Speed-1 Sports, she has helped girls primarily from Western Pennsylvania become better softball players. 

So far in her own softball career, she has racked up a selection to the 2018 All-Section 2 First Team while at North Catholic, she hit .486 during the 2019 high school season as a senior at Moon High School, she played for Team Pennsylvania on the travel softball circuit who played games all across the country, and she started in 17 games for the Robert Morris Colonials in her lone season with the program in 2020. 

“I still feel like I have a lot to prove,” she said. “I know I am a tough out as a slap hitter and can keep the defense guessing with what I am going to do at the plate, so I am ready to show the type of player I can be.” 

As for her expectations after the fall ball season with Edinboro, Schaefer believes she will fill a void the Fighting Scots did not have last season as she is a slap hitter capable of putting the ball on the ground, bunting, or slapping it into the outfield. This paired with adding depth to the catcher position should serve the Fighting Scots well, as they welcome a great core of girls back besides a few transfers like Schaefer. 

“I think we are going to be a really exciting team this spring,” said the Pittsburgh area product. “All three of our games this fall I felt went great and I am curious to how they will have us ranked in the preseason poll. I think we can be a surprising team to some people.”

Edinboro University will be home for the new years as Antonia Schaefer is happy to be back playing the game she loves. It has been a tough two years with COVID-19 affecting her first year of college and entering a transfer portal affecting her second year. The drive to succeed it still there, and her time to take the field once again for a regular season softball game is quickly approaching.

Nate Steis, Graduate Assistant and Sports Editor | @EdinboroNow

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