Gollin aims to be a star

By Colin Phan - Staff Reporter



Stefani Gollin has come a long way in her journey to become a star softball pitcher —heading to Highline to heat up her career from Langley, BC.

Here, she has been a force on the mound for the Highline women's faspitch team, helping lead them to a playoff berth. 

Gollin (7-3) has tossed 44 strikeouts, and has a 3.88 ERA. 

At first glance, you can't tell Gollin is Canadian. 

But then she speaks. Her slight accent gives her away when she says "out."

It's been a long haul to pursue her dream. 

Softball for Gollin began at age 5, with her mother being a heavy influence. 

"My mom really got me into softball," Gollin said. "She was my coach from t-ball to rec."

Rec teams are the equivalent of an American travel team for Canadians, with an "A, B, C" system Gollin said. Gollin played rec all throughout high school, as Canada doesn't have varsity softball.  

By the time she reached high school, Gollin was at a crossroads with softball.

"I was kind of freaking out because I didn't have as much downtime to hang out with friends," Gollin said. "I was at a fork." 

A conversation with her mother helped iron out her priorities. 

Gollin knew she wanted to be dedicated to softball — more specifically — as a pitcher. 

"I had a conversation with my mom," Gollin said. "I figured out that I wanted to work on pitching, and that was when I decided to focus on softball."

Golin's intent to pitch helped her develop as a player, as well as develop a go-to pitch. "My go-to pitch is the curveball," Gollin said. "I've worked on that one the longest."

Gollin's reinforced focus to softball, helped her net scholarship offers. 

"I was talking to a couple schools on the East Coast," Gollin said. "I always wanted to keep playing competitively. It was a goal of mine since elementary."

Those East Coast schools weren't the best fit for Gollin, who was trying to be concious about the financial burdens of being an international student.

"I had to be a little more realistic," she said. "I was just trying to figure out what would work best for me and my family."

Two years ago, when Gollin played at a softball tournament in Kent, her opportunity came.

"When I was playing at a tournament in Kent, I met [Highline Coach Jason Evans]," Gollin said. "It was close enough to home, and I knew I could come here and work on my skills in a personal environment." 

She has improved her skills at Highline, but is willing to travel even further to improve them at a four-year university. 

"I definitely want to keep playing softball," Gollin said. "I'm talking to one school in Kansas right now, but I'm trying to figure out what's best for me in the long run — whether that's back home or in the States. The goal is to keep playing down here though."

No matter how far she must travel, Gollin has a career path in mind she wants to pursue.

"I've gotten my AA at Highline," Gollin said. "I want to be a pediatric nurse eventually." 

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