Redmond High’s battery is fully charged and ready to roll on the fastpitch softball diamond.
In the pitcher’s circle, there’s fireballing senior pitcher Kiki Milloy and behind the dish, there’s the masked and solid backstop in junior Jennifer Cummings.
They’re thrilled to be back in the 4A KingCo fold after doing some damage in the 3A realm the last two years. Last year, the Mustangs placed fourth at state, and the season before they won the whole thing. They compiled an overall record of 47-7 the last two seasons.
“I’m really excited, kind of sad, but I’m ready to go out there and compete and win a state title,” said Milloy, the 3A KingCo most valuable player last year who will play fastpitch at the University of Tennessee next season.
Milloy’s to-do list includes working hard to play her best ball and being a team player because the Mustangs will be looking to her as one of the leaders this spring. Unleashing energy and bonding as a family will take the Mustangs a long way, Milloy said.
“We always try to have fun and I think we do, especially playing hacky sack before the games and practices, and just kind of going out there and enjoying playing with each other,” she said.
Cummings, who’s committed to play at the University of Washington, said that she and Milloy played on the same youth team when they were 10 year olds and they’ve enjoyed teaming up at RHS the last few years.
“We’re just able to compete at all times, and this year we worked a lot in the offseason, so I’m hoping this year we’ll come in even stronger than last year,” Cummings said. “I think we’ve just been building every single year and getting better and better.”
Along with eight all-league returners, Redmond sports a solid group of freshmen, who Cummings said are willing to learn every day and she sees a lot of potential for them to shine this year.
Joining Milloy and Cummings as all-leaguers last year and getting back into action are seniors Haley Hanson (outfield), Lindsay Tsujikawa (first base/third base) and Lauren Lund (outfield) along with juniors Audrey Walker (third base), Camille Eaton (shortstop/second base) and Kaia Bradford (outfield).
Cummings said that working as a team and picking each other up are crucial components in the Mustangs’ game plan.
“We’re all here every day working for the same goal: to be the one standing at the end,” she said.
The Reporter asked Milloy and Cummings a series of questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives:
If you could go to dinner with one person, who would that be?
Milloy: I really like Ellen DeGeneres, she’s cool.
Cummings: Morganne Flores on the UW team, I think she’s awesome.
What’s a special skill that you’d like to learn?
Milloy: I feel like I’m always singing at practice and dancing, but I can’t really do either of those things. So if I actually knew how to sing and dance, that’s something that I would want to do and learn.
Cummings: Probably dance, or whistle… I’ve never been able to whistle. I can juggle three balls at a time, but I wanna be able to juggle four or five, I think that would be so cool.
What’s your favorite restaurant in the area?
Milloy: That’s a hard one ‘cause I love food. I like Tipsy Cow. Ixtapa’s always a good one, that’s over by my house, that’s over (near) Woodinville.
Cummings: Pretty much anything Mexican food. Anywhere with tacos. So I like Cactus, that’s in Kirkland. Or El Toreador is in Redmond.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Milloy: When people chew loud, chew with their mouth open. I can’t stand it.
Cummings: I don’t like it when people do athletic things with their hair down. I feel like you should put it up if you’re gonna be sweating.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Milloy: My biggest competitor is myself, so getting over those obstacles that you create for yourself is really gonna help you exceed in life and be the best person that you can be.
Cummings: You’ll only go as far as you work, so it’s kind of all up to you. Your hard work will be able to make you be a player that’s un-benchable and in that case, you’ll always be on the field.
What’s your favorite kind of music?
Milloy: I would say R & B and rap, more R & B.
Cummings: Country 100 percent. (Milloy teases her and they both laugh.)
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Milloy: “The Notebook,” I love that movie. 100 percent.
Cummings: I really like “The Blind Side.”
What super power would you like to have?
Milloy: I know one that I wouldn’t want, I wouldn’t wanna read people’s minds, because I just feel like that’s … you don’t need that negativity in your life. (She thinks of one she’d like to have)… Oh my goodness, breathe underwater.
Cummings: Either be able to fly or be able to teleport.