Editor’s note: This softball season, the Asbury Park Press brings forth a new content initiative titled The Softball Q&A Sessions, which will appear multiple times per week on APP.com and feature a randomly picked Shore Conference player’s answers to fun, light-hearted and interesting questions. Participating players are selected by their coaches and softball writer David Biggy asks the questions via email.
Q. When you’re in the on-deck area, what do you think about?
A. When I’m in the on-deck circle, I don’t really think about much. Maybe I’ll sing a song or think about plans for after the game, or what I’m going to eat after. But once I get in the box, I think about nothing but hitting the ball. Most of the time, I tap my back heel to the beat of a song while the pitcher is winding up to relax myself.
Q. When the opposing team isn’t hitting the ball to the outfield much, do you occasionally think of anything weird, and what was the last strange thing that came to mind in such a situation?
A. This happens often! I just tell the other outfielders where to go if the ball gets hit to them and how many outs there are. Other than that, I sometimes think about what tests I have that week, or things I have to do after the game. But most of the time I think about what I want to get the next time I go shopping. I honestly can say that I may start to daydream as well, but no one is able to tell with my sunglasses on. (Biggy’s note: I’ve never noticed Kate daydreaming anywhere on the field.)
Q. You’re the right fielder. Do you even like playing right field? Why?
A. I have played right field since I was a freshman. Before high school, I didn’t play much of the outfield but it has grown on me. As of today (April 8), I’ve have been moved to center field, and it is very awkward for me because I’m so used to playing right and I know how the ball curves and hops. But I have to do what’s best for the team right now. And if it means trying something new, why not do it? (Biggy’s note: Against Manasquan Wednesday, only one ball was hit to right-center field, so while Kate was in center she had very little to do.)
Q. You recently chose to play at Monmouth University to continue your softball career. Why Monmouth?
A. I chose Monmouth because I have a very close relationship with my family, and I wanted a school with some history as well as a great softball program. I always went to private school growing up, so I like the close-knit atmosphere that Monmouth provides as well. However, Coach Louie and Coach Mac really helped make my decision, because they were so welcoming and easy-going, and made it very clear that they wanted to play good, competitive softball and win, and that’s what I like to hear. Even as a recruit, I was able to call them with anything and they would give me an honest/humorous answer.
Everything at Monmouth just fit perfectly into what I wanted, and after going on my official visit two of my close friends made the decision to go to Monmouth and play softball as well. I can’t wait to get there to be with all my teammates and start the next chapter in my softball career, but also be close enough to see my sister go through high school and see what the SJV softball program is up to.
Q. Besides excelling softball, what else do you do really well?
A. I excel in the classroom as well. I have made the honor roll every year at SJV and I’ve committed myself to completing 40 hours of community service every year, along with my sister, Lindsey. I’m also the volunteer assistant coach of the Monroe Thunder 14-and-under softbal team. The girls tell me all the time they love having someone close to their age to talk to about softball and life, and they truly appreciate my help. So, I guess you can say I excel at that!
Q. Who on your team do you admire most and why?
A. I admire everyone on the team for different reasons. I give a lot of credit to Marlena (Bevilacqua) for stepping up last year and taking over the third base role and doing the best possible job, I think, anybody could have done. I also admire those who took the place of Claire (Stefanelli) and KB (Katie Beriont), because without them we are missing two big bats in the lineup, an awesome pitcher and an outstanding outfielder. Everyone on our team has something different to bring to the table, and that is what I think makes our team different than others.
Q. Is anybody on your team going to ever teach Coach Lombardi how to use Twitter?
A. Ah, getting Coach a Twitter … She asks us all the time what a Twitter is and why we even have them, because she obviously doesn’t get it. Not only is she our coach, she has a family and does lessons on the side, so I think adding Twitter to her life would put her over the edge just a tad. We’ve honestly tried to get her to make one, but she has alternate ways of finding things out. She would also get annoyed that she can only type 140 characters. (Biggy’s note: Coach Kim Lombardi has been using her Twitter account a bit more lately — she even retweeted one of my tweets on Wednesday.)