Western senior Stephanie Fox has continued her 16-year hobby of softball for her final year at Western, and recently started pitching.
Fox, who is originally from Sammamish, Wash., was recruited by Western to play softball for her freshman year. For her senior year, she took on pitching, and made sports headlines through Western’s victories. The news coverage, in her opinion, is due to Western’s victories on the latter part of the season. In softball, the pitcher receives much of the credit for the victories, Fox said.
Fox is a sociology major, and hopes to work as a high-school counselor and coach the softball team. The AS Review sat down to talk with Fox about how her feelings on the news coverage, school and softball.
AS Review: How do you feel about the coverage?
Stephanie Fox: Obviously it’s cool, and it isn’t something I would complain about. I do tend to get embarrassed about some of it, though. It’s cool because I haven’t pitched in college until this year. My senior year I decided that I wanted to pitch for my last year. Getting recognition for pitching is something I’m proud of. I’m proud of myself for deciding to do it again because [pitching] is a lot of work.
Review: What drives you to continue to play after 16 years?
Fox: Honestly, I would say it is the little girl in me. The little girl that started to play softball and just remembering how I loved to play the game and not letting things get in the way. My team [also drives me], and I have a lot of great friends on my team and I wouldn’t be able to carry on without them.
Review: How intense is the season?
Fox: Preseason starts in the fall, and it’s intense but it isn’t intense as winter, which is right before the season starts. We have morning work-outs at 6 a.m. twice a week and practice every day. The winter and the beginning of spring is most stressful. When the season comes around it’s not as stressful because we’re playing games.
All your hard work pays off from preseason, it’s fun. So technically, it’s a spring sport but it goes all year round.
Review: What was being recruited like?
Fox: I’m not going to lie, it was stressful. Nowadays, they start sooner than when I was recruited. During that time it was stressful thinking about where to go and who is talking to you.
I always knew I wanted to stay close to my family, so when Western was talking to me I thought that the school was not too far away, but far enough. Western is a great school so it worked out perfectly.
Review: What is something you want people to know about you?
Fox: To be honest, the one thing that I hope people would know is it’s great to get recognized for pitching, but truly isn’t about one player. It’s about the team. Without the other girls, we wouldn’t win. It isn’t about how I did or how I pitched. Everybody has a part.