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DPS Office of Athletics
If Mumford High’s softball team turns out to be the real McCoy, senior team captain Nicole McCoy will most likely be at the forefront as the Mustangs’ top hitter and pitcher.
“Nicole McCoy works hard and brings a lot of strength and leadership to the team,’’ Mustangs Coach James Moore said of the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“She brings her ‘A’ game every time and is willing to put the team on her back. She’s made a name for herself in the PSL and she’s a big reason we expect to be successful.”
The Mustangs are off to a 4-0 overall start and 2-0 in the league. McCoy, as usual, got things going in the season opener. She had a triple, home run and emerged as the winning pitcher in a 19-1 victory against Cody, and followed that this week by recording nine consecutive strikeouts in Mumford’s 17-0 nonleague victory against Oak Park.
“My strength is that I stay positive and I keep fighting until the game is over,’’ said McCoy, who has played softball since she was a third-grader. “I have a good fastball, but I also can throw a curve, a drop and a rise to get hitters out. I’m pretty good as a hitter, too. I like to get up for the big games.”
The Mustangs were bounced from the league playoffs last year by Renaissance, the six-time defending PSL champions and the favorites to win again this year.
“We came real close to beating Renaissance last year, but we lost in seven innings by a run,’’ McCoy said. “This year, I’m feeling we’re going to take it all the way. Mainly all of our girls came back from last year and we’re a pretty strong team.”
McCoy plays second base when she’s not pitching and hopes she’ll have the opportunity to play softball in college. She has a 3.7 grade point average and says her favorite subject is science.
“I’m interested in playing at the next level, but I don’t know if anybody is looking for me,’’ she said. “Hopefully, I can get a scholarship.”
She’s already been enriched by playing the sport. “I like everything about softball,” she said. “You spend so much time with each other that your teammates become a second family. It’s helped me learn how to be a team player and it’s a lot of fun.”