Faces Off the Field: Missy Zoch, senior pitcher, La Grange


What do you remember about the first time you played organized softball?

I was 9 years old and my first tournament was in Victoria. I honestly didn’t remember a whole bunch about the game because I was in it just to have fun.

Do players for La Grange face pressure because of the success previous teams have had?

There is a lot of pressure and expectations to live up to. La Grange is on a 59-game district winning streak that started before I was in high school. I wanted to be able to keep it going for them, and I hope the younger ones can keep it going for us.

Is this year special because you’re a senior?

After winning state sophomore year, it would be huge to finish my high school career winning state again and finishing on such a high note before I go off to college.

How did your team react when you learned that USA Today had ranked you as the No. 1 high school softball team in the country?

It was a surprise when we first learned about it, but now we use it as if we have a point to prove.

You’ll be playing for DePaul in college. How did you make that choice?

The first time I went to visit DePaul, I fell in love right away. The coaches, the players and all the other staff were super nice, and the campus was perfect to me.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Craig Biggio, Jesus, Paul Walker and my grandpa (Benjamin Niesner) on my mom’s side who I never got to meet.

Why Craig Biggio?

He has been my role model since I started playing softball. He went to play college ball at Seton Hall, which is in the same conference as DePaul.

If you had the choice of being valedictorian of your class or all-state in softball, which would you choose?

I would choose all-state because softball is something I am very passionate for. It’s something I’ve always worked for.

What’s your favorite food?

Chick-fil-A because I could honestly eat there three meals a day, seven days a week.

Do you have any softball superstitions?

For high school games, my dad brings me a share-size pack of Orchards Skittles before every game. I also always get my hair braided the same way by the same person every game.

Besides winning, what do you like most about playing for La Grange?

I love being able to play for La Grange because of how close the community is. We seriously are like a huge family.


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