McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

August 19, 2013

Stacey Washington rocks back and takes off

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Sports have always been part of Stacey Washington’s life. She’s been playing basketball for as long as she can remember, started playing softball in the fifth grade and somehow found time to run track while growing up in Atoka.

But Atoka is a 3A school, and McAlester is a 5A school. Hoping a bigger school would mean more attention from college scouts, Washington left the Wampus Cats before starting high school and became a Lady Buffalo.

“It’s a lot more competitive than it would be compared to Atoka,” Washington said Saturday. “You learn more of the fundamentals than at most schools.”

As a Lady Buff last year, Washington typically batted fifth. She hit her first career home run at Regionals against Durant, and almost a year later can still quickly recall that favorite softball memory.

“October 5, I’ll never forget that date,” Washington said. “It was right down the middle.

“I knew it was a good hit and I just took off running real fast, and everyone was like, ‘Why is she running fast?’ And then by the time I rounded first, they were like, ‘It’s gone, it’s gone!’”

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