Germantown Native Pitching For Minnesota Hopes to Inspire the Next Generation of Softball Players
“You wouldn’t be where you are without what you’ve done and what you are capable of doing.”
This is a quote from 21-year-old softball supernova and Germantown native, Tori Finucane. She is just like your typical college student. She loves music, fashion, and sports of every part of the spectrum. But it’s softball that really has her heart.
Tori started playing softball when she was eleven years old, after seeing her older sister playing the sport. “I was the epitome of a little sister who wanted to be just like her big sister, so I definitely wouldn’t be playing if it weren’t for her.” While Tori like the game, it was pitching that really was the thing she was most interested in doing on the field. Tori ended up trying it out as a pitcher, and it’s been her position all throughout high school and now throughout college.
The 2013 graduate of Bishop O’Connell High School in Virginia, began her high school career at Good Counsel High School in Olney.
Her softball career has taken her to new places, and she’s been able to rack up a number of impressive feats. She was the two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first team high school All-American, earned back-to-back Gatorade Virginia Softball Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, as well as named All-American by ESPN and MAX Preps the same season, and this was just in her high school career.
Now, Tori, is a senior at the University of Minnesota, carrying her homegrown name with her from Germantown all the way to the Midwest. And among her career highlights, she has been named SEC Freshman of the Year compiling a 1.73 ERA with a 21-6 record in 190.1 innings pitched and earned NFCA All-Southeast Region Second Team honors.
She transferred to Minnesota after three years with the Tigers of the University of Missouri. In her senior year at Mizzou, Finucane suffered a hairline fracture in her sinus during the season finale against UCLA in NCAA super regional play that season, an injury that lingered into the 2016 season.
Finucane has experienced some amazing highs and lows on the softball diamond, but one of Tori’s favorite moments in the game was when her team won the NFCA championship. Naturally, she credits to her teammates. “I’ve always been blessed with these incredible coaches and teammates and [that moment] was a great team environment and a great team effort,” Tori said. And it’s her team she credits getting through many things both in the softball world and in her personal life.
An injury during her junior season proved that; Tori was adamant about getting back in the game as soon as possible because of her environment and the people around her. “I’ve never been around such a hard-working group of girls, and it makes me want to be better for them,” Finucane said.
A major influence in Tori’s life and the person she attributes her success as an athlete to is her father, Dave Finucane. “The work ethic came from my dad. He was by far the biggest influence in my softball career.” She said that it was being surrounded dedicated players and the work ethic instilled in her by her father which drove her to her success on the diamond.
The softball wins have been something incredible to Tori, but her most amazing feat, off the field, has been the impact she’s made on the little girls looking up to her. “I always want to be the best person and player I could be,” said Finucane. “It’s probably one of the coolest things ever because I was a little girl once and the people that I looked up to had a huge impact on me, so I think that I could do that for somebody else. And that’s what sports are really about.”
In the midst of the sports craziness and competitiveness, Tori wants athletes to stop and remember who they are and what they are capable of doing. The power they have to impact others. “Sometimes I think athletes freak out and are too focused on what they can’t do and they forget what they can do.”
Finucane wants every athlete and every person to know this motto: “Let your courage exceed your fear, and then you can achieve greatness.”
Top: Germantown native Tori Finucane will complete her college career pitching for the University of Minnesota.
Next: The senior transferred from the University of Missouri after suffering a fractured sinus in the final game of the season. As a junior, Finucane appeared in 21 games, with a 5.39 ERA. She pitched 37 2/3 innings and finished with 34 strikeouts and 25 walks.
Next: Tori Finucane attended Good Counsel High School and Bishop O’Connell High School.
Photos courtesy the University of Minnesota.