This St. Augustine little league player turned baseball star recently helped lead the U.S.A. Women’s Baseball team to a gold medal in the 2015 PanAm games. Despite facing pushback within a male-dominated sport, Stacy’s baseball journey has been and continues to be one of dedication, passion, and resilience.
How long have you played ball?
My dad signed me up for little league (around age 5) and since then I just stuck with it. I played in a local travel PAL league, and it carried into high school, and college. I got hooked up with the U.S.A. team in the summers.
When did you discover your pitching skill?
When we got to the age where players could pitch. I soon learned that I had great accuracy and could throw the ball hard.
Favorite Pitch: Knuckle Curve
What keeps you passionate about the sport?
Growing up I had to fight to play this sport. People would always tell me I had to or should play softball because that is what girls played. I felt as though I always had to work twice as hard as the guys, just to be even with them. I have my heart in this sport.
What’s one misconception you face as a female baseball player?
I think sometimes society thinks because we are girls playing it is not as entertaining as men, or we are not as athletic, or the rules are different for us. We play on the same size fields as the men (including 400ft fences) and we even have girls who hit home runs! We turn double plays, make diving plays, all that fancy stuff.
What’s up next?
World Cup, Summer 2016 – Seoul, South Korea. In 2019 we will have another PanAm in Peru. We have not been accepted into the Summer Olympics yet, but our next opportunity is 2020 in Tokyo, Japan! Fingers crossed.
What advice would you offer to aspiring athletes?
If you love to play the sport and want to be successful, you have to put in the effort. You will have ups and downs, but never give up if you love doing it.
When you’re not playing ball you’re usually…
I like to paint portraits as a side job, along with graphic design and my newest job – Ghost Tours! (Come see us on a Ghostly Encounter at the Love Tree Cottage on Cordova St.) I also like to play ukulele and piano.
Images by Rob Futrell Photography