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Warren’s Mya Tucker headed to Ohio Valley to pitch

Courtesy photo Warren’s Mya Tucker delivers a pitch during a high school girls softball game in Vincent.

VINCENT — After going last spring without playing the game of softball, Warren pitcher Mya Tucker figured out she liked the sport a lot more than she ever thought.

“After my junior season got canceled I realized that I wanted to pursue college softball. I wasn’t ready to hang it up yet,” she said.

On Friday, the Warrior senior made it official she’ll play softball for Ohio Valley University and head coach Rob Graham.

Tucker said she emailed coach Graham, set up a meeting “and it seems like it was a perfect fit. Honestly, it was perfect in my mind.

“I’ve always been used to smaller schools and smaller areas and just being able to know everybody and being close to home and stuff is what I was looking for.”

WHS head coach Katie Dickson is expecting big things from Tucker, who went a combined 10-1 with 104 strikeouts as a sophomore between JV and varsity.

“I would say one of the best things she brings to the table is her poker face,” said the third-year Warrior coach.

“As a pitcher, being unshakable is one of the key traits you can have. Although she can be shaken like any pitcher, she doesn’t show it necessarily easily.

“I’m excited to see how her mental game has progressed now that she’s two years older. I can see that she’s matured. She’s a leader. I don’t have a lot of seniors so we will be leaning on her to help set the pace and be an example for them.”

Expected to major in special education, Tucker said she’d like to start out as a teacher and perhaps get a master’s in behavioral analysis.

“I don’t know anyone right now,” she said of anyone at the Vienna campus. “I know some alumni and a lot of teachers that I’ve had at Warren are also adjunct professors there. I’m familiar with some people.

“I visited Marietta College and I went to one of their camps and I also visited Kentucky Christian University. Initially, Marietta College was my top pick, but things weren’t really working out there.”

Tucker, who also plays first base, said she takes “a lot of pride in the fact, I for the most part can hit about any spot my coach asks of me with my fastball, but I also have a changeup and a riseball.

“I’ve messed around with a few other pitches, but I’m really all about having control of what I got and being able to use that to the best of my ability.”

The Warrior, who said her financial aid package comes pretty close to covering everything, and her teammates can begin practice on Monday, Feb. 22.

“I moved here whenever I was 12 from Illinois,” Tucker added. “Just thinking about all the options we had and all the schools we could’ve went to I’m definitely glad I’m a Warrior and a part of the Warren High School softball program.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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