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Valerie Arioto in the zone for Team USA

Updated: July 20, 2012, 9:21 PM ET
By Graham Hays

It would be fun to imagine a gripping internal monologue playing out in Valerie Arioto's head during one of the lengthy at-bats favored by a hitter who seems never to have met a 3-2 count she didn't like.

That's how it would work in the movies, at least, the Berkeley graduate crunching pitch probabilities in the batter's box or applying principles of psychology to calmly probe the pitcher's mind and predict a rise ball. The primary power source for the United States, Arioto ...

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