Tahlequah’s Seth Stacey – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Northeast Health Systems Tahlequah

By Travis Sloat

Photo courtesy Byron Beers – Tahlequah Daily Press

Tahlequah High School standout pitcher Seth Stacey has been working on his game since he was five years old. 

“I love the game,” Stacey said. “I started playing when I was five. I love it because it has helped me become a better person, and because I get to make new friends every year.” 

Stacey had a 0.91 ERA as a junior, and went 6-3 in games he pitched in. He has been an all district pitcher two years in a row, and MVP for his for three consecutive years. Recognizing his success in the past has not stopped him from updating his 2020 goals though. 

“I want to strike out 100 batters,” he said. “And I want to win every game I pitch. As a team, our goals are to host and win the regional tournament, and win state as well.” 

Like most teenage boys, Stacey enjoys playing Call of Duty in his free time, but he said he also enjoys hunting for deer and fishing for crappie and catfish. His favorite class is science, he said, because he enjoys experimenting with things like making his own polymer bouncing balls. 

As a senior, Stacey realizes that a lot of the younger players look up to him as a role model, and he said he has done his best to fill that role and be someone they can look up to as an athlete and as a person. 

“I’ve adapted to the role well,” he said. “I help them with their hitting and pitching, and just generally try to help them with anything they need help with.” 

Coach Brett Bougher, who is in his first season at Tahlequah, said Stacey was a great addition to his roster. 

“Seth has quality pitches and good velocity,” Bougher said. “Being left handed gives him a chance to be one of the best around. I am looking forward to watching him grow as a player this season.” 

Stacey said there are a lot of people who have helped get him where he is today, including his family, his coaches, and his girlfriend. 

“They all push me to be my best on and off the field,” he said. “And my family and girlfriend are always at games, supporting me in everything I do.”