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Instant Peay Play: APSU Softball’s Lauren de Castro wants to end career with post-season berth

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – If Austin Peay State University softball player Lauren de Castro never gets another at bat, or make another start in the circle for the Lady Govs in her career, the senior will go down as one of the best players in the programs 29-year history.

But one hole in her athletic resume still drives her; as she enters her last go around through Ohio Valley Conference regular-season play and that’s a trip to the post season.

APSU Women's Softball's Lauren de Castro. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

APSU Women’s Softball’s Lauren de Castro. (Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

“That’s definitely the objective and what the season is all about,” de Castro said. “I would love to finish my career here at Austin Peay with at least one trip to the OVC tournament. I’ve never experienced that and I don’t know what it’s like.

“It’s been several years since Austin Peay has experienced that as a program, so that would be huge for the program and a great way to finish out my career and by senior year.”

And what a career it has been in the red and white for the Torrance, CA native, as her name dots almost every top-10 list –both as a hitter and a pitcher – in APSU history.

Lauren de Castro“You can never think ahead that you’re going to do this or do that, but I did hope to be one of the big players here that could be counted on,” de Castro said. “That was a huge consideration in coming to Austin Peay, but I never thought I would put up numbers like I’ve put up.

“In high school I never put up numbers like this.”

And although not unheard of in college softball, not every team has a player that is one of — if not – the best offensive threats while also anchoring a pitching staff.

“It can be very mentally challenging, especially if one area isn’t working successfully and the other one is,” de Castro said. “It can easily have an effect on the other.

“If I have a bad at bat I have to shake it off and not carry it out to the next inning when I’m pitching. If I don’t, then I could have a bad inning pitching. So mentally you have to work on balancing out pitching and hitting and not let the two mix together.”

She has also had to battle leg pain her first three years at Austin Peay, something she not dealing with this season after having surgery over the summer to eliminate the problem and letting her feel her best physically in years.

“I actually feel a lot better this season and feel like I can give everything and not have anything hold me back,” she said. “I can’t imagine, how if three years ago, if I would have had the surgery then and be 100 percent these past three seasons how it would have affected me and the number I’ve been able to put up.”

But as her career draws to an end, and a final push to make the post season is underway, one thing stands out for de Castro … it’s all gone by to quickly.

“It (my time here at Austin Peay) has just flown by,” she said. “I feel like I was just a freshman just a year ago.

“I can’t believe that time has gone by so quickly, but then again, high school flew by quickly too. When you’re having fun everything goes by so fast.”


About Chris Austin

    Chris Austin

    Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.

    Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.

    Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.

    Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.

    Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
    Email: chris_austin24@yahoo.com

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