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. OK, so the first obvious question … Your team right now is in first place. What do you think about that?
A. I am ecstatic, of course, and very proud of my team and coaches. We all work hard enough to deserve this. However, we have a way to go with this season. It’s not over yet, so we will keep pushing forward through the games. (Biggy’s note: Kendall’s team was quite excited with Friday’s win over St. Rose. I even heard some screeching from their post-game celebration.)
Q. If life is like a box of chocolates, what is softball like in your mind?
A. Softball to me is a nice, caramel iced-coffee from Dunkin Donuts, essential to any good day. This game is a huge part of my life, as is my coffee. Ask any of my friends! I’m not a happy camper without either! (Biggy’s note: Coffee = blah! No, thanks, sister!)
Q. Tell me about Coach Corneliusen. What’s the coolest thing about him?
A. Coach Corneliusen, or Mr. C as we call him, is a great coach and I’m lucky to be playing for him. His best quality is definitely his supportive nature. He is an advocate for us on and off the field. If a problem arises while playing, at home, or in school, he’s always there to talk with us and help however he can.
Q. Your best friend is Julia DiGiorgio. What’s her best quality as a person?
A. I could go on forever with Julia’s virtues, but by far her best quality is her dependability. She knows when I’m having a rough day just by my voice and does her best to turn it around. I could call her at 2 a.m. and she would pick up. No matter what the situation, she is always by my side and I couldn’t be more grateful to have a friend like her.
Q. So, what’s Julia’s best asset as a player?
A. As a player she, again, has many. Julia knows the game well and is quick with decisions. Her speed tops everything else, though. She is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, girls on our team. She uses her speed on the bases and at her position, and it adds to her overall playing ability. (Biggy’s note: For those who don’t know, Ms. DiGiorgio is the leadoff batter and plays third base.)
Q. If one really big thing could happen to you this season, what would you want it to be?
A. I would like to come out of this season on top of the division. It is long overdue for Hudson and we, as a team, deserve it.
Q. What’s the one food you absolutely couldn’t live without?
A. Besides my coffee? I say bananas and peanut butter. It’s my go-to snack, and is easily made into an “on-the-go” snack. It fuels me up well! (Biggy’s note: As does the coffee, apparently.)