Featured Athlete: Emily Weichel

‘I’ve just made so many friends and memories because of [softball] and I’ve also been able to go to a lot of cool places.’


Stu Mair

Junior Emily Weichel makes a catch in the infield during practice. Whittle has been playing softball since third grade.

Alexander Peralta, Staff Reporter


Name: Emily Weichel

Sport: Softball

Height: 5 Foot 6

Years played: 9 years

Key Stat: 1st in all district sophomore year and made varsity freshman year


Pre-Game Music: Whatever the team is listening to in the locker room.

Pre-Game Meal: For the school team I eat whatever the school supplies, so usually Chick-fil-a, but in select I usually eat subway or a sandwich of some sort.  

Favorite Softball Team: OU because they’re my favorite college.

Favorite Part of Softball: The competitive aspect of it.

Favorite TV Show: The Voice and One Tree hill


The Red Ledger: How Did you get into softball?

Emily Weichel: My brother played baseball when we were younger, so that caught my attention. I started playing in the third grade and I’ve just loved it ever since.

TRL: How has softball impacted you physically and personally?

EW: Physically, it’s kept me in shape. But I’ve just made so many friends and memories because of it and I’ve also been able to go to a lot of cool places such as New Jersey, California, and New York. I probably wouldn’t know half of my friends if it wasn’t for softball.

TRL: Do you hope to play softball in college?

EW: No, I just recently decided not to because I would like to do other things. I’ve been spending a lot of time playing softball, so I just want to have time to do other things. But i’m looking to go to Alabama, North Carolina, or Oklahoma to possibly major in finance.

TRL: How do you train for softball?

EW: We do a lot of running, weightlifting, drills, and batting practice. We usually hit every aspect of the sport during practice.

TRL: What goals have you set for softball? Have you accomplished them?

EW: One of my goals was to play in college, but as I said I recently decided not to. I also had goals to make varsity my freshman year which I did. I’ve kind of just set goals along the way.

TRL: There has been a debate on weather softball or baseball is harder, in your opinion, which sport is harder?

EW: It’s hard for me to say because I’ve never tried to hit a baseball. I think there are hard parts of both sports. In my opinion, I would say softball because it’s definitely hard, but then again, baseball is too so it’s hard for me to say.

TRL: What are some things that you could improve on?

EW: Pretty much everything. I could get faster and try to improve on hitting. I went into a slump about midway through the season where I wasn’t really hitting well at all, so I just have to be able to adjust to the pitchers better by just working in the batting cages during the off season.

TRL: If you could quit softball to be the guaranteed best in another sport, what would it be and why?

EW: Soccer because I played when I was younger and it was really fun. I had to quit in high school because soccer and softball overlapped.