Nina Maggio, a senior shortstop, hit .366 with 43 runs and 15 steals in an All-Area junior season. Maggio, who committed to Western Illinois to play softball, averaged 8.0 points per game for the basketball team this winter.
Why Western Illinois?
They have a great program, and they have my major. When I visited the college I liked the campus. The coaches know what they’re doing and really work to help you out.
What team goals do you have?
As a team, we want to win the Southwest Prairie Conference and go as far as possible (in the playoffs).
Rather have a game-winning hit or a game-winning defensive play?
I’d actually rather rob someone of a hit, because that can be so cool.
What’s something fans don’t know about softball?
They don’t know how fun it is to actually get on the field and play.
What do you like playing more: basketball or softball?
Softball, because I’ve been playing it since I was little. It was something I’ve always found fun.
Like playing in cold weather?
Nope, I love it when it is hot out.
Coolest moment in softball?
In the fall, my travel team was playing a team that always beat us, and they thought they’d beat us again. Our defense was so solid, and they hit right at the defense.
What’s your favorite movie?
I’ve got a lot, but anything action.
Who is your celebrity prom date?
What will you remember most about Plainfield East?
The softball team. I’ve been playing with some of the girls since seventh grade. We kept building as a team with the coaches, and we try to make the game fun.