Bellevue College Bulldogs sophomore shortstop Tatum Dow is proving to be an unstoppable force on the softball field in early season action.
The Bulldogs, who have compiled an overall record of 21-4 thus far, have benefited greatly from Dow’s excellence at the plate. Dow has 10 home runs, 46 RBIs and is batting .554 through 25 games of play. The 2016 Issaquah High School graduate said one of the keys to her success is not sweating the small stuff when she is in the batter’s box.
“I think I’m most successful at the plate when I’m not thinking at all. I just go in and want to hit the ball hard. I don’t care about home runs or anything like that. I’m just trying to get on base,” Dow explained.
Dow, who will continue her collegiate career at Western Washington University for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, embraces being a Bulldog wholeheartedly.
“I love our team so much and I love the culture we have. Our coaches run this program like a Division 1 program. We’re very focused and every day we practice with intention,” Dow said. “We just work super hard and I think that is what shows in our games. We all get a long really well and we clicked really fast too. When we are hitting well, we are pretty hard to beat.”
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Dow some questions about her life away from the softball field.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Tatum Dow: It has got to be “The Sandlot.” It is a baseball movie and is funny. It is just a classic movie.
BR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your car right now?
TD: I like listening to country and a lot of rap and hip-hop too.
BR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
TD: When people don’t push their chairs in at class or at a restaurant. I hate that.
BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
TD: My grandmother. She passed away when I was 7, so I didn’t really get to know her that well. It would be super interesting now to get to know her.
BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
TD: I play the piano.
BR: How many text messages do you send per day?
TD: I send way too many. I probably send around 100.