Preloading throws in Road to the Show?

SDS

I played a bit of MLB the Show 21, not enough to be super experienced, and I only played Road to the Show. Started Road to the Show 22 and on several occasions now I preload a throw but can't get it to work. Is there a timing thing? Is preloading different in RTTS than other modes? If I hold or tap the button before I field the ball, I end up just standing there with the ball in my hand.

SDS

The lack of responsiveness is really messing me up now. I tap the button after picking the ball up now, but nothing happens (it feels like almost a whole second lag between button press and reticule appearing?) so I tap it again, and it cancels the throwing reticule. I don't know why I'm really struggling with this, never had a problem last year :/. Is the reaction time just really slow for a new character and I forgot about it?