College Athlete of the Week: 4/4/08

April 4, 2008 

Missy Corral

Missy Corral, Modesto JC softball player

KELLY JONES — Modesto Bee

MISSY CORRAL

Modesto JC softball

Corral hit .600 in the Wolverine Classic on March 29-30 in Sacramento and was named to the all-tournament team. The catcher blasted two homers, one a grand slam, and two doubles. She went 3 for 4 with a double and scored twice in a 7-0 win over Feather River as MJC placed third in the Silver Division. Corral leads the Pirates (5-12, 3-6) with a .385 average, ninth in Big 8.

PARENTS: Tricia and Larry Corral

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL: Oakdale/Oakdale

ON HER WEEKEND: "I was seeing the ball well. I hit a grand slam (against San Mateo, a 9-0 victory). It was against a team we beat pretty well and we all hit well in that game. I was the lucky one that got up with the bases loaded. I don't know how many more I'll get, if I ever get another one. But in the context of the game it wasn't a big deal."

BREAK TIME: "I'd been with one team (California Grapettes Gold) since I was 12. I played a year after most of the team went off and did their own things. It didn't feel the same. I felt like I didn't want to play anymore. Half a year went by and I realized it was part of me and I wanted to come back to it. I went to Cal State Monterey Bay for a year, but I got homesick. This team is not winning as much as we hoped, but it's a great group of girls. I wouldn't want it any other way."

BEST SOFTBALL MOMENT: "One I can remember vividly was hitting my first home run. We were at the 10-and-under nationals in Ohio and it gave us the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. I was playing for the NorCal Rage. I hit it down the right-field line. My dad traveled with me and I remember crossing home plate and giving all my teammates high-fives and looking up in the stands. My dad was crying and he gave me a hug and I was crying. It was a big moment. Someone took a picture of it and it's in his room."

FAVORITE ATHLETE: "Definitely Lisa Fernandez

(USA pitcher). The national team is coming around here (Thursday, May 22, in Stockton) and we're going to try to go as a team to see it. Hopefully I'll get a chance to meet her."

ON HER iPOD: "I play the song 'Wait For You' by ('American Idol' singer) Elliott Yamin a lot. I don't really watch the show, but that season I liked all of the people. My best friend is really into it. The song reminds me of my boyfriend. He's in the Marine reserves and is going to Iraq soon. (The song is) kinda corny, but I like it."

GOALS: "To keep playing softball. I don't have a school picked out. I just never was one of those kids who knew from age 10 where they wanted to go to school. I have to do my research this summer. I'm a liberal studies major. I want to be a third-grade teacher. Both my parents are teachers. It's a family occupation."

PRE-GAME ROUTINE: "I try to do the same thing. I don't mess around. You don't want to practice something that's going to mess up your swing because one day you'll do something wrong. I remember to keep my hands up, swing through the ball, stuff like that."

-- KELLY JONES

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