Olentangy High School softball coach Marty Mearhoff wasn't surprised that senior Biz Brehm volunteered to pitch after the Braves lost No. 1 pitcher Haleigh Breuer to a season-ending injury.

Olentangy High School softball coach Marty Mearhoff wasn't surprised that senior Biz Brehm volunteered to pitch after the Braves lost No. 1 pitcher Haleigh Breuer to a season-ending injury.

Even though Brehm hadn't pitched since early in her junior season, she has a strong arm and is one of the Braves' most athletic players.

More importantly for Olentangy, Brehm always has been the type of player who puts her personal needs aside for the good of the team.

"Biz always does whatever you ask her to do without any complaints, and when your team is in dire need of something, she's the one who wants to step up and deliver," Mearhoff said. "Biz hasn't done much pitching since she was a sophomore, but she has a great arm, she knows the game and she's a competitor. We're in a situation where we need to pitch by committee, and she and Hailey Wilson are doing a good job of keeping us in games while splitting their time between pitching and playing center field."

After pitching and playing in the outfield for the junior varsity as a freshman and sophomore, Brehm started every game in center field and batted .288 on varsity last year.

She was planning to primarily start in center field again this season before Mearhoff asked her to help replace Breuer, who had surgery March 27 to repair ligament damage in her right ankle.

Despite having only three pitches, including a fastball that barely tops 50 mph, Brehm has responded to the challenge.

The Braves fell behind 9-1 after two innings in their opener March 29 at Delaware as Wilson lasted only 1 1/3 innings in the circle.

But Brehm surrendered just one earned run the rest of the way, and Olentangy rallied for a 15-10 victory. She also hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to help spark the offense, which scored 10 runs that inning.

"I've got mediocre speed and only three pitches, but I like pitching because I like being under that kind of pressure to try to help my team win," Brehm said. "I'm taking pitching very seriously, and I've been told that I've been getting a little stronger with each new outing."

After playing a variety of organized youth sports, Brehm has been a three-sport athlete at Olentangy the past three years. She plays field hockey in the fall and bowls in the winter.

Her ability to quickly adapt to different softball positions is no surprise to Mearhoff or her father, Jim Brehm, the Olentangy bowling coach.

As a member of the bowling squad, Brehm earned four varsity letters and was a team captain and Most Valuable Player the past three seasons.

She also works part time at Delaware Lanes and has a 189 average.

"Biz is the best girl bowler to come through our program, and as a dad, I couldn't ask for a more respectful and responsible kid," Jim Brehm said. "Biz has gained a lot of accolades in sports, but the only thing that matters to her is that she's helping her team win and helping others get better. She's mature beyond her years."

Her selfless attitude has paid dividends for her personal goals as well.

After being hired as Olentangy's field hockey coach in fall 2009, Mearhoff asked Brehm to play goalkeeper because she had experience minding the net for a soccer team two years earlier.

"When Marty called my dad to ask if I'd play field hockey my sophomore year, our first question was: 'What's field hockey?'" Brehm said. "I remember that the gear smelled bad and I wasn't in good enough shape to finish all of the running that we did for conditioning. But I fell in love with the game that year."

Brehm has lost more than 30 pounds since she began playing field hockey, which has led to increased speed in the outfield and better hand-eye coordination.

"I'm a lot more fit and I'm able to move better in center field to get to the ball," she said. "Field hockey has improved my reflexes and hand-eye coordination at the plate and with my glove because I'm used to trying to stop a ball that's hit at me at 100 mph.

"When we played Liberty (on April 9), Sarah Drosos hit a screamer right back at my face and I was able to glove it. I'd hate to think about what would have happened there if I didn't have my reflexes and timing from playing field hockey."

While running onto the field at the start of her first field hockey game, Brehm tripped and fell, which induced laughter from several attendees.

A year later, she enjoyed the last laugh. She recorded a program-record 267 saves and five shutouts while starting every game in goal.

As a senior, Brehm had a save percentage of .827 and was second-team all-league.

After playing in a handful of fall field hockey camps and showcases across the country, she caught the eye of several college coaches. Ohio State offered a preferred walk-on spot and she accepted.

"I'm built like a linebacker and I wanted to play football for Ohio State when I was little, but I never would have imagined I'd end up playing field hockey at OSU," Brehm said. "It's been a dream come true."