The title of Eagle of the Week belongs to Lindsey Stoeckel this weekend following her performance against No. 8 ranked Angelo State University and No. 22 Lubbock Christian University. Stoeckel, a pitcher, did not allow an earned run and only gave up four hits in 10 innings. She followed her pitching by hitting a double and scoring the first runsagainst Lubbock Christian.
Stoeckel answered questions about herself and her game after being named Eagle of the Week.
What got you into softball originally?
I grew up watching my oldest sister play, so as soon as I turned four we found my first tee-ball team.
What do you do to mentally prepare for a game?
I like to keep it simple. I’m the type of person that performs better when I stay calm.
What’s the hardest part of being a pitcher?
The hardest thing about being a pitcher is accepting failure in the big moments when you feel like you let your team down.
How do you keep focused after a string of good/bad pitches?
When I’m pitching, I can’t get nonchalant. I really have to make sure I stay focused and continue to hit my spots. When I’m struggling, I remind myself that I’ve been in this position a thousand times and that I’ve got a good defense behind me.
What in your mind is the biggest misconception about softball?
That the ball is soft. It’s not. It’s hard, and it hurts. Also, that it’s harder to hit a baseball. The reaction time when hitting a softball is actually shorter because the pitching circle is much closer.
How do you think the team will do the rest of the season?
I think we’re going to continue to do well. We have an eight-game winning streak right now, five of them being against ranked teams. I think we’ll keep building on the momentum. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together.
What’s your favorite post-game food?
I usually end up at Cowboy Chicken after a game.
What’s your favorite movie?
All of the “Taken” movies, but the first one is my favorite.