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Q-and-A with Grace Mihalik, Shepard softball

Grace Mihalik Shepard.  | Tony Baranek~Sun-Times Media

Grace Mihalik, of Shepard. | Tony Baranek~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 29, 2013 6:27AM



Mihalik, 18, of Palos Heights, has been a three-year starter at third base for. She will attend Western Michigan.

What’s your craziest softball memory?

Oh, gosh, 10-and-under I was playing third base and I got a line shot right to the face. I got back up and told them I wanted to play more.

Do you have a nickname?

Softball friends call me Gracie-Lou.

What team gets you the most cranked up to play?

Richards. They’re our conference rival and they always beat us. But this year we really came on and beat them good.

What opposing player would you love to have as a teammate?

Jessica Alberts, from (Mother) McAuley. She’s the happiest person ever, and a phenomenal pitcher.

You’re going to Brookfield Zoo. What’s the first animal you visit?

I’d go to see the great sharks if they had one, but I also love polar bears.

What your favorite food?

Pizza. Nonna’s pizza. The best pizza ever.

Does it scare you coming in on bunts from third base?

Occasionally, when we play bigger teams. But it’s all part of the game.

Would you ever wear a mask?

No. My mom tried making me, and I probably played with it for one game and took it off.

Describe a perfect summer day.

Raining, and when it’s hot. I love when it thunderstorms.

Here’s a ticket to sky dive. Want it?

In a heartbeat. It’s one of my biggest dreams, to sky dive.

Your dream celebrity prom date?

Tim Lincecum, from San Francisco (Giants). I love him.

What’s your career goal?

To be a dietician for a pro sports team.

Away from the field, are you a girly girl or a tomboy?

A tomboy. You will rarely see me with my hair down and dressed up.

Are you more likely to text or call somebody?

I like calling people. It’s faster, it’s quicker.

Why is softball better than baseball, or is it?

Oh, it’s definitely better. In baseball, they have a pitcher who can only pitch one game. In softball, you’ve got girls who can pitch five games a day, even more.

What irritates you more than anything else?

Cocky people. I like when people are confident, but I can’t stand it when people are cocky.

As told to Tony Baranek



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