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. Why is softball important to you?
A. I grew up around baseball because of my older brother and dad. Softball’s important to me because I know it makes my dad proud of me and it makes our bond stronger.
Q. OK, so who is your favorite Yankee and why?
A. My favorite Yankee is Derek Jeter. Not only is he very good looking but he’s a great role model. On and off the field he’s a respectful, classy man who is amazing at what he does.
Q. And if you could meet any Yankees player from the past, who would it be and why?
A. I would want to meet Lou Gehrig because he was a class act. He was hard-working and very humble and didn’t let the fame get to him like some players do. His own teammates even looked up to him.
Q. Who’s the player on your team you marvel at when you watch her play?
A. I love watching Taylor Goss play. Even with her previous injury, she’s still one of the best shortstops I’ve seen. I can always count on her to make impossible plays with such grace. When she gets up to bat, I know she’s going to crush the ball.
Q. Can you describe your most embarrassing moment on the softball field?
A. When I was in eighth grade, I was running home and I had to slide, but my slide wasn’t very good then. As I slid, my foot got stuck under me and made me face-plant right onto the plate. My teammates have not let me live that down still to this day.
Q. Where are you headed to college and why did you choose the school?
A. I will be spending the next four years at Ramapo College. It was an easy choice for me since my sister is a Ramapo graduate and the school has a well-known nursing program. (Biggy’s note: I approve this decision, since I’m a 1995 graduate of Ramapo College.)
?Q. What are you going to miss most about your softball teammates??
A. I don’t want to even think about the last day we play together. The bond we share as a team is what has made this season the strongest one yet. I love coming to the softball field every day, because no matter my mood I can always count on my teammates to cheer me up, since we’re always laughing and making jokes. I wouldn’t trade my team for the world.