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Brock grad excels as a Coyote pitcher and hitter

Mattye Tyler simply sees herself as a softball player.

17 MattyeTylerNeed her to pitch? She’s one of the finest around. In need of a clutch hit? She’s the one you want at the plate.

And she is a mental student of the game, always looking for ways to improve what is already a standout freshman season with the Weatherford College Coyotes.

“Focusing when I practice on what I lacked in the last game and addressing my weaknesses are key for me,” she said. “Really, everything is mental in pitching and hitting so brain training is something I have to do daily.”

Tyler came to Weatherford College from Brock, where she helped lead the Lady Eagles to three Class 3A state tournament appearances.
“The competitive nature at Brock is the main thing that helped me to adjust to collegiate ball,” she said.

She chose Weatherford largely because the Coyotes are also perennial contenders, and she was already comfortable working with assistant coach Chris Flanagan.

“Coach Flanagan was my hitting coach throughout my senior year of high school, and I knew how great it would be to play for him,” Tyler said.

At the time of this article, Tyler was leading the Coyotes in base hits (28) and tied for the team led in doubles (8) with Marissa Cruz and Amanda Vallejo. Her batting average (.373) is also among the best on the team.

As far as pitching goes, she was leading the team in wins with five opposite one loss, and she had a save. Her earned run average was 3.88.

“Mattye has brought us a consistent, powerful bat and good stuff in the circle,” Coyotes head coach Haylee Williams said. “Her being able to hit for herself when she pitches allows us a lot of options and the ability for us to put our best defensive lineup on the field.”

Tyler started playing softball in the third grade, along with basketball. Shortly after, in the fifth grade, she decided to stick with softball, breaking a family tradition. She did, however, return to basketball for a while in high school.

“My whole family, from four generations down, played basketball for Brock, and my dad was a professional team roper so we are all competitors,” she said.

Tyler is a psychology major.

“It clicked when I took my first class at Weatherford. Right then I knew that’s what I wanted to study. It is so interesting,” she said.

And she plans to keep playing after her days as a Coyote are over, but for now her focus is on helping them compete for a conference championship.

“Yes, as of right now I am going to be playing after this,” she said. “I’m so happy to have the opportunity to represent WC on and off the field.”