March 7, 2008
OhioBobcats.com: You started off your career in good strides by striking out 11 batters in your first pitching appearance. What was going through your mind, and were you nervous at all?
Wethington: I was not as nervous as I thought I would be. Our team came out strong and scored some runs in the first inning, and as a pitcher it is a relief to have some runs under your belt. Our coach is always stressing at practice and during games to play the game pitch-by-pitch. We don't need to worry about the last at bat we had or the last mistake we made. We just need to focus on the here and now, and that is what I was trying to do. If I made a mistake, I just forgot about it and focused on the next pitch. In this sport you are going to make mistakes. It is how you handle those mistakes that gets you in the right mind set to play. I think our team definitely handled it well, and that is what I focused on while I was on the rubber.
OhioBobcats.com:You were named Indiana's Gatorade Player of the Year two times in high school, what do you credit to this success?
Wethington: I would say that my determination and willingness to practice when others were out with their friends or going out on weekends. I would stay home most of the time, not necessarily practice, but relax when I needed it so that I would be rejuvenated for practice the next week. I also went to a hitting instructor, Roger Nickelson, twice a week and hit on my own with my dad everyday. I have been taking hitting lessons since I was 10 years old. I went to a pitching instructor, John Feld, once a week and sometimes on the weekends. Otherwise I was throwing to my dad and practicing on spins in the living room to make myself a better player. I have been pitching since I was eight, and have continued to see a pitching instructor to this day. I think it is necessary to brush up on your skills every once in awhile.
OhioBobcats.com: What are your thoughts on the season so far?
Wethington: I think we are off to a great start. Our offense is on the ball right now and if we keep scoring throughout games, we are going to be phenomenal. Our defense is also doing very well. We have a great pitching staff that has a variety of different styles of pitching. This will help throw off other teams since none of our pitchers pitch the same way. Our infield and outfield have good communication and work well together. I think we are going to have a wonderful season because everyone has determination and drive.
OhioBobcats.com: What inspires you as a player?
Wethington: My dad is my inspiration. When he was growing up he didn't have anyone to push him in school or in sports. He had to do everything for himself. He never had someone that helped him train or helped him practice. I am fortunate enough to have him push me and help me succeed in softball. He practiced with me everyday and on days that I didn't want to practice, he made me anyway and it has helped me in the long run. He believes in me and knows that I am going to do well. If I am having an off day I can call him up and he will know exactly what to tell me; whether I choose to listen to his advice is another story (ha ha). I have always loved the game of softball and being able to share and experience that same love for the game with someone you love
OhioBobcats.com: Why did you choose to play softball at Ohio?
Wethington: I choose to play here because the softball program has been steadily increasing over the last couple of years. I want to help build a program, and I wanted to go somewhere were I knew would challenge me not only as an athlete, but a student as well. When I came on my visit and met the team, I knew I was meant to be here.
OhioBobcats.com: What do you like most about the game of softball?
Wethington: I like the unity. I like knowing that you have 19 other girls who are there for me. It is like a sisterhood. We all hang out together and have at least one thing in common. I also love the competitiveness. Softball is such an upbeat and lively sport with a lot of different personalities. It keeps the game fun.
OhioBobcats.com: In your opinion, who is the funniest person on the team?
Wethington: I would have to say either Alicia Catlette or Amanda (AJ) Sacks. They keep things lively and interesting when we are on or off the field.
OhioBobcats.com: Where do you like to hang out on campus?
Wethington: I like to hang out with the softball girls at the upperclassman's houses, or we like to go to B-Dubs or Bagel Street Deli. We hang out with other people in the dorms, but it is always good to just relax in my room too.
OhioBobcats.com: What other sports interest you?
Wethington: I like a lot of different sports, whether I'm playing or watching. I like football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, cross country, swimming, baseball, field hockey, hockey, and of course softball.