Sydney Washington

By Albert Shelby

May 5, 2014

She picked up a bat at the age of two, and soon after that, she decided that softball was the sport for her. Outfielder Sydney Washington is a freshman and has already made an impact on Missouri Western’s softball team. Washington hails from Columbia, Mo., and attended Hickman High School. At Hickman, Washington was named First Team All-District, All-Region and All-State in 2012. In her senior year, she finished with 22 stolen bases, 41 RBIs and 14 home runs. Competing is what drove Washington’s love for the game. She has been competitive since she was a child. “I have been playing ball since I was four,” Washington said. “I like being on a team and competing.” Washington is considered a true freshman, and has been a huge contributor, especially up at the plate. She ranks third on the team in home runs with six and second on the team in RBIs with 25. She also holds a .333 batting average, which ranks third on the team. “I feel blessed and honored being able to play for the Griffons as a freshman,” Washington said. “I want to give 110 percent and contribute to my team. We have amazing seniors, and I want us to continue all the way to the World Series.” Teammate Tiffany Gillaspy considers Washington one of the team’s reliable players. She trusts Washington at the plate in a critical moment. “Sydney is an awesome player,” Gillaspy said. “I know that when she gets up to the plate, she will make something happen. I have a lot of confidence in her. She’s definitely a player we have confidence in as a hitter, and in the outfield.” When Washington visited Western, she immediately felt comfortable. She wanted Western to feel like her second home. “The minute I stepped on campus at Missouri Western, it felt like home and I just felt like I belonged here,” Washington said. “The facilities are amazing, the softball program that Coach Bagley-Trotter and her staff has built was everything I was looking for.” Washington’s speed is also an attribute that has made her a weapon for the Griffons. Her speed gives her an advantage when tracking down balls in the outfield. When she gets on base, she becomes a problem for pitchers, because of base stealing ability. She ranks number one in stolen bases, with 15 out of 16 attempts. From a batting standpoint, Washington’s biggest game came against Lindenwood University on April 11. She hit two key home runs and drove in four runs against the Lions. Off the field, Washington views her self as a laid back person who enjoys being around her friends. “I just like hanging out with my friends, shopping, being outside and playing sports,” Washington said. “I also enjoy coaching little kids in softball, tumbling and gymnastics.” Even though Gillaspy is older than Washington, she views her as a person who can brighten her day and give her timely advice when needed. “She’s a friend because she is someone I can go to,” Gillaspy said. “Especially if I’m having a bad day or need advice.”