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Committed Gators: Lexie Stinson

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Caitlyn Lee
Lexie Stinson ’24 is committed to play softball at Harvey Mudd College.

Have you ever wanted to see a screaming Lexie Stinson?

Because she does exist.

While you may be familiar with the thoughtful and sweet student Stinson, rest assured, softball Stinson is a screamer.

“I feel like at school, I’m not super duper loud,” Stinson said. “But when I’m playing softball, I cheer really loudly because a big part of the game is screaming your heart out. I almost always lose my voice after every tournament.”

Perhaps that explains her all-around-tame appearance at school.

It didn’t matter which side of Stinson the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball coach saw, because either way, they were charmed. After accepting an offer for a spot on the Harvey Mudd College softball team, Stinson now has the opportunity to pursue her multiple passions, like engineering.

“I chose Harvey Mudd mostly because it aligned with my academic and my athletic goals. It is a DIII [school], so that means that I can focus a lot more on my major because engineering is usually a really tough major to do with a varsity sport,” Stinson said.

Besides softball and “absolutely loving the team,” Stinson said she was certain she wanted to enter into engineering. “Harvey Mudd is one of the best engineering schools in the country,” she said, explaining how she intends to enter into the field of aerospace after graduating. “I just think flying things are really cool. I think rockets are amazing.”

Engineering is a difficult field (it is, literally, rocket science), but don’t worry, Stinson has her own way of destressing: Hitting.

No, not people. Softballs and piñatas.

“When I was little, I used to always have piñatas for my birthday,” Stinson said. “I loved hitting them so much. I crushed it.”

Surprisingly, Stinson said she initially disliked softball, after being forced by her mother to play a sport when she was eight. Slowly, though, Stinson said she grew fond of the game because of hitting. In the beginning, she enjoyed getting out her frustrations. Then, she found excitement in breaking piñatas.

Now, her love of hitting has evolved to become more intentional. “I’m so invested. I want to get better always,” she said.

Even when simply talking about softball, Stinson wears a smile on her face. Her enthusiasm for everything she does is self-evident, and she encourages others to adopt a similar outlook: “Don’t lose your joy for whatever you’re doing.”

Aerospace engineer. Softball superstar. Piñata powerhouse. Who would not want to see Stinson during a game? Even if it is just to see the screaming phenomenon in action.

Stinson, however, is not keen on such a prospect: “No, actually, don’t come. Please don’t come.”

Although Stinson may be averse to others catching a glimpse of her loud side, there is one workaround to see this rare phenomenon.

And Stinson (unknowingly) suggested it herself: “Anyone at Castilleja, please please please join the Castilleja softball team. We need you on the team.”

If you want to see screaming Stinson, you know what to do.

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Caitlyn Lee, Managing Editor
Caitlyn Lee '25 is a Managing Editor for Counterpoint. This year, Caitlyn is excited to uncover all of the different stories on campus, from quirky to inspiring, and she looks forward to collaborating with the staff to share them with the community. When she isn't writing, you can find her swimming, playing BuzzFeed quizzes or munching on Trader Joe's snacks.

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