Softball Q&A Sessions: Stephanie Healy, Pinelands

Softball Q&A Sessions: Stephanie Healy, Pinelands

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Softball Q&A Sessions: Stephanie Healy, Pinelands

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Editor’s note: This softball season, the Asbury Park Press brings forth a new content initiative titled The Softball Q&A Sessions, which will appear multiple times per week on APP.com and feature a randomly picked Shore Conference player’s answers to fun, light-hearted and interesting questions. Participating players are selected by their coaches and softball writer David Biggy asks the questions via email.

Q. When did you start playing and how did you get hooked on softball?

A. I started playing softball with my tee-ball days. I was always really into watching my two older brothers play baseball, and I wanted to follow in their footsteps.

Q. What position do you play and what’s the most challenging part about it?

A. I play catcher, mainly, but I also play third base. The most challenging part about being a catcher is that you are in complete control. You call the pitches, and you call where to throw the ball. It is your game, and you need to know every aspect of the game and every possible play that might happen, before it happens.

Q. Is there a particular collegiate or pro softball player you admire? Why?

I admire Jennie Finch as a pitcher just because of all of her hard work and everything that she gave up in order to be as dedicated to the sport as she is. (Biggy’s Note: Finch, the former Arizona and U.S. national team star pitcher whose name is on the softball academy at Diamond Nation in Flemington, went 36-2 with an ERA of 0.42 for Team USA and is a tremendous ambassador for the game and girls sports in general)

Q. Why is Coach Lowe such a good coach?

A. Coach Lowe is such a good coach because not only is he our coach, but he’s our best friend. He jokes around a lot and loves the game just as much as we do. He dedicates his time to coaching moody teenaged girls, and he’s surprisingly good at handling us. I wouldn’t want to have anyone else as my coach. (Biggy’s note: Keith Lowe also coaches girls basketball at Pinelands)

Q. So what’s your favorite pizza topping?

A. Definitely pepperoni! (Biggy’s note: I already knew this answer by seeing a recent post on Twitter from Stephanie, but I just wanted her to confirm it to the world)

Q. If you could be one of your teammates, who would you be and why?

If I could be any of my teammates, I would want to be Corinne (Huber). Corinne’s talent and heart on and off the field is what makes me strive to be a better player. Corinne and I have played together for four years, whether it be school ball, travel ball or practicing in her basement. Corinne is a senior this year and she is a leader. I don’t even want to imagine what next year will be like without her.

Q. What would life be like without softball?

A. Boring! Every day, whether it’s in-season or out of season, I do something that is involved with softball. Working out, going to the batting cages or just having a simple catch. Softball is my escape from everything, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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