What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play little bit of outfield and catcher also a little bit of 1st
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Best players I have seen Billy Messina, Dennis Rulli and Sean Boldt. These guys play the game the right way and have a lot of fun playing. They also give it 110% I look up to these guys..
Why do you like the game of softball?
I really enjoy the competition
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
There are a lot of great players coming up. I would say Brian Lipman He works very hard and kills the ball .. Nick Santana I played with him at A worlds Asa this year and he killed it he hit like 920.. Dale Brungardt he hits the sh*t out of the ball.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Smylie.. Its my last name
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Simi Valley, CA
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Hanging out with my family.
What do you do for a living?
I am an electrician
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played football in high school and college. I also wrestled in high school
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started in softball because my dad always played while I was growing up then retired for 12 years to watch me and my brother play football and stuff then when I graduated he wanted to play again so I played with him.. I got my start in upper softball with OC Swats. Then after that I went on to play with Famous. Then last year I played with All American Athletics.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
During most of the tournaments there is no division you have the possibility to play anyone and no one complains about it they just go out there and try to win..
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Not a single person but a couple My Dad, Sean Boldt, Brian Lipman and Dennis Rulli mostly because of all the pointers they have given me whether it be hitting, fielding or how you compose yourself.. Also Billy Messina because the first time I was going to a big conference tournament he would throw me batting practice early in the morning before work just to make sure I was ready..
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Hustle.. we all make mistakes but its best to do at 100%
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
28.5. Pinky off bottom hand and pinky over top hand
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Batting practice. Fielding practice and workout
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Chicken fried. Zack brown band
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Maybe making the conference bigger on the west coast so west coast teams could possibly get enough points to make the major with a west coast schedule
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Toys for tots palm springs.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Well couple years ago at toys for tots When I was playing with famous Billy Susdorf was playing first base and Brett Helmer came up and hit a missile at him (he was playing in the grass) he made the catch on accident as he was trying to get out of the way and he pretty much did a back flip laid there dead and then went into the dugout to wipe his ass.