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Inside the Dugout: Dana Hills’ Cozette Zoch

Cozette Zoch of Dana Hills of Dana Point. Photo/Zoch Family.

Dana Hills of Dana Point softball coach Brandon Cosenza has had a number of very talented players go through his program during his tenure and he said senior 3B Cozette Zoch is “by far one of the best hitters we have ever had in our program.”

Her stats certainly back up that statement. She’s batting .510 with 11 extra-base hits, including two grand slams, and 17 RBI in 13 games so far this season.

“She is the most clutch hitter that I have ever been associated with,” Dana Hills coach Brandon Cosenza said, “and her consistency is something to be admired.”

She’s also an excellent defensive player with a strong arm and an intelligent base runner. Zoch’s skills and leadership are a big reason why the Dolphins are capable of upsetting any team they go up against.

Go “Inside the Dugout” to learn more about one of Orange County’s top prospects.


INSIDE THE DUGOUT: DANA HILLS’ COZETTE ZOCH


Cozette Zoch of Dana Hills of Dana Point. Photo/Zoch Family.

Name: Cozette Zoch

High School: Dana Hills High of Dana Point

Club Team: 18U California Cruisers-AE

Graduation Year: 2018

Height, weight: 5-5, 145

Position: 3B/UTL

Nickname(s): Coe, Z, or Coco

Twitter: @cozettezoch19

Season Stats: She’s batting .510 with three homers, including two grand slams, seven doubles, a triple, 13 runs and 17 RBI in 13 games so far this season.

Honors: Rookie of the Year in 2016, Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, first team All-Sea View League 2017, second team All-County by OC Register in 2017 and Timberwolf Classic all-tournament team in 2018.

How is the high school season going so far?

Zoch: “What can we expect from your team this season? This high school season is coming along. We’ve been working on the field and been hitting the weight room since the first month of school, so our coaches have definitely been preparing us for this season. This season, you can expect a group of girls who are willing to fight and win as many games as possible.”

The 2018 Dana Hills Dolphins. Photo/Zoch Family.

Can you tell us a little about your background and how you ended up on your club team?

Zoch: “I was given the choice to continue playing soccer or softball and I, of course, choose softball at the age of 5 and fell in love with the game ever since. I remember as a little girl always playing up with the older girls in rec ball and that’s where a lot of my competiveness comes from. I was having a bad experience with my last travel ball team and wanted to start fresh with a team that was closer to home and be able to have fun yet still give 110 percent on the field.”

What have you learned about yourself in the past year?

Zoch: “In the past year, I’ve learned to never give up. Life is always going to have its ups and downs, but you can conquer anything if you have the right mindset and work for it. I have learned that I can’t do everything by myself. I have also learned that it’s okay to let go of some people to better yourself.”

What can we expect from your club team this summer?

Zoch: “You can expect a lot of WINS.”

What makes your high school team special?

Zoch: “What makes our high school team special is the bond we share. Not a lot of athletes get to say they get along with everyone on the team. Everyone on the team is a leader in their own way and that’s something very special that we get to share when we come together and play.”

Cozette Zoch of Dana Hills of Dana Point. Photo/Zoch Family.

What is something you have faced in your life that has helped you become the person that you are today?

Zoch: “I have had to face all the responsibilities like getting a job, paying for my gas and phone bill, going out with friends and using my own money. It has created a work habit and has taught me that nothing in life comes to us easy, so if you want something, you have to hustle and earn it.”

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Zoch: “I would have to say our pitcher Terra Goetz. With our two outstanding pitchers graduating last year, pitching was a big concern this year, but Terra has definitely made the most of her opportunities and has been playing a big role in the circle.”

What was it about softball that made you fall in love with the sport?

Zoch: “The competitiveness and fire it brings out in you, spending every weekend with my sisters, the adrenaline that goes through your whole body in the biggest games and the feeling you get when you hit a home run or clutch hit or even making an amazing play on D.”

Was there a moment in your career when you thought, “Wow, I’m actually pretty good and might be able to play in college!”

Zoch: “There wasn’t an exact moment. At every level I have played I have had success and my coaches over the years have always said that I was going to play in college some day.”

Cozette Zoch heads home after hitting another dinger for Dana Hills of Dana Point. Photo/Zoch Family.

Which colleges are showing interest in you?

Zoch: “I was being looked at by a couple colleges, but when I sat down and really thought about it (and) I decided I wanted to play at a junior college my first two years. I have decided I am going to Santiago Canyon College. I wasn’t ready to leave home just yet and it will give me the opportunity to grow and really decide where I would like to continue my education and softball career.”

What do coaches say they like most about you and your game?

Zoch: “My coaches say they love my attitude, my effort, my leadership and always being there for my teammates.”

What’s been the highlight of your athletic career so far?

Zoch: “The highlight of my athletic career has been the relationships I have gained from this sport. From teammates to other competitors and especially all the coaches, who have had a direct influence in my personal and athletic development. I will always be grateful for that!”

What’s something that people would be surprised to learn about you?

Zoch: “Something people would be surprised to learn about me is that I love photography. I love to take and edit pictures.”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Zoch: “The best advice I have ever been given is to stay true to yourself and live for myself not someone else’s approval.”


QUICK HITTERS


Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t playing softball, I’d be very lost and wouldn’t have the amazing friends I have today.

Last movie you saw and what did you think of it: I saw “The Greatest Showman” and I thought it was very boring.

If you were handed $10,000 and had to spend in one day, what would you do with it? I would go shopping, buy a car, donate to kids in need and buy my family reasonable things they need.

What’s the one thing/object, besides your phone, that you can’t live without? The constant love and support I get from my family. I could not live without them.

Do you have any softball superstitions or rituals? Before every high school game I eat a quesadilla, try to take a 10-minute power nap and then blast music to pump me up.

What’s your “guilty pleasure,” something you hate to admit you love? I hate to admit that I love to sleep in and be lazy.

What’s the scariest thing in the world? Spiders!!

If you could have a super power, what would you want it to be? I would like to be able to turn invisible.

Last song you bought: “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton.

If you could have dinner with four people dead or alive, who would it be? I would have dinner with Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, John Green and Harry Styles

Do you have a secret talent or skill? Yes, I can pop two of my teeth out.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be in the FBI.

Something on your “must do” list: I want to go skydiving or go to every state in the United States.

What is your hometown/area best known for and what makes you proud to say you’re from there? My hometown is known for our beach life. I am proud to say I’m from here because I am lucky enough to live in such a beautiful city surrounded with so much kindness and the best sunsets.

Favorite motto or philosophy of life: Struggle produces strength.

(NOTE: Send candidates to be the subject of a future “Inside the Dugout” feature to carlos.arias@socalsidelines.com)

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