Eastlake Wolves senior first baseman Sophia Robinson is enjoying every minute of her final season of high school softball this spring.
Robinson, who said she has no plans of playing softball at the collegiate level, has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Wolves softball program since the spring of 2015. Ironically enough, the 2015 season was the first year of Eastlake head coach Stephanie Fox’s tenure with the Wolves. Robinson is a huge fan of Fox’s coaching style.
“It has been awesome. My freshman year Stephanie (Fox) became our coach, so it’s kind of like we’ve been through a lot together. She is a super positive coach. It is cool having a girl coach because she has played the game and she has been through it before,” Robinson said.
Fox was a member of the 2008 Wolves softball squad that captured a Class 4A state title. Robinson, who earned KingCo 4A first-team, all-league honors as a junior in 2017, said the senior class exudes team camaraderie.
“The seniors on this team are like my best friends. It has been really cool to see the amount of growth we’ve had these past four years. We’ve gotten so much better and so much closer as a team,” Robinson explained.
Robinson said the team’s goal is to win the Class 4A state title this May. The Wolves have put together an overall record of 14-2 thus far and are on a nine-game winning streak.
“We had a really big win against Newport (April 21) and I think we really have some good momentum right now. I just keep telling the girls that we have to take it one game at a time every single game. Every single game we play, it’s like the state championship game,” Fox said.
Fox said this year’s senior class is the first group of seniors that she has coached for four consecutive seasons. The Wolves have six seniors on the 2018 varsity roster.
“Watching them grow into young women and seeing their leadership has been really cool to see. Not only with their talent, but their personalities come out to shine. When I first met Sophia and her sister Georgia, they were both so quiet. Now you can’t get them to stop talking! It is just really cool to see their confidence,” Fox said of the Robinson sisters.
Recently the Issaquah Reporter had an opportunity to ask Robinson a few questions about her life away from the softball field.
Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Sophia Robinson: I really like “42.” The Jackie Robinson movie.
IR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
SR: People chewing with their mouth open. It is just gross.
IR: What is your favorite hobby away from softball?
SR: I used to play volleyball.
IR: What is your dream vacation spot?
SR: Kauai. That is where my family is from.
IR: What is the last movie you saw in the theater?
SR: “Game Night.” It was a funny movie.
IR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your car right now?
SR: It is probably country music. I like Thomas Rhett (artist).