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. You’re a pitcher. So who’s your favorite pitcher at the college level and why?
A. Keilani Ricketts, the pitcher for the University of Oklahoma last year, is my favorite college pitcher because of her determination and leadership on and off the mound. Keilani influenced me to be tough and focused when pitching. From watching her play, I also learned to never back down from my opponent. (Biggy’s note: Ms. Ricketts seems to be a popular choice among many Shore Conference players, and rightfully so because she’s a phenomenal pitcher.)
Q. What’s your best quality as a player?
A. My best quality as a player is being focused and keeping a good composure. As a pitcher, it is important to keep yourself focused and relaxed. I’ve learned that the more pressure you take off yourself, the better you will perform.
Q. If you were stranded on an island and had only one book with you, which one would it be?
Instead of a conventional book, I would choose an empty notebook to write all of my experiences and thoughts. Writing is something that I enjoy even more than reading, and I feel like putting my thoughts into words would help keep my mind off the difficult situation. (Biggy’s note: I’m totally down with the notebook to write about thoughts and expriences.)
Q. Let’s say you were going to switch bodies with one of your teammates for a day. Who would you want to be and why?
A. I would choose our catcher, Jordyn Rochinski, because it would be interesting to catch my own pitches. It would be a change of pace to see the game from her point of view. Also, being Jordyn for the day would really help me with fixing and perfecting my pitches. Jordyn is great at blocking and saving some pitches that get away from me, so it would be awesome to experience having that ability as well.
Q. When you need to be cheered up, who on your team can do it?
A. My closest friend on the team, Tori Lucarelli, can easily cheer me up when I’m feeling down. After a bad strikeout or pitching a rough inning or game, she is always there to pick me up. Her happy-go-lucky attitude never fails to make me smile. She is a great teammate, as well as a player.
Q. If, for some reason, you were unable to play softball anymore, what would you do with all that time?
A. Softball is a huge part of my life and easily gets my mind off a bad day, so not being able to play would be heartbreaking. It’s honestly very difficult for me to picture myself doing anything else. However, if I truly could not play softball, I would probably be at the gym every day. Staying active is a huge part of my life and allows me to clear my head.