Interview conducted on 10/22/2015
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Pitcher is my best although I can call a mean game behind the dish!
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Going a little old school… Mr. Bob Hughes
Why do you like the game of softball?
I love to compete and this gives me that chance! And the friendships are amazing and life long!
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Going to stay in my home state and list two.
1. Alex Henry- big Al kills it all over the yard! And is becoming a really good pitcher as well. Congrats on the A world buddy!
1A. Adam Ussery- AU plays the game hard and is gonna leave the park one of the dirtiest. Dude can play all over the place and hits it well for a little guy! Haha
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Ray or Ray Ray
What is your height and weight?
( I just had dinner)
Where do you call home?
beautiful Batesville, AR
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
whatever my beautiful fiancé/ soon to be wife tells me to do! She lets me travel and play ball so I listen on the off weekends.
What do you do for a living?
work for my father as a life insurance agent at White River insurance.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
played football and baseball in high school and 3 games of basketball. (quickly found out I wasn't a Baller)
Went to college and played baseball.
Went to juco and then The University of Central Arkansas
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
freshman year of college I was in my dorm room my best friend from back home called me and said we were going to play league softball. I said I wouldn't playing a girl's sport… A 16-0 summer league championship and I'm hooked!!
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
of course the speed of the game, the quality of players and A lineup one through 11 that can hit it… It's the umpires these guys don't even compare to what you get in-state or at your local league and sometimes we take them for grant it.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
play hard… And if you think you are playing hard… Play harder
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
just the ole fashion baseball grip… 26oz bal ( I'm a little guy)
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
workout 5x a week
BP, tee work and field a few GB's
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
MLB- Boston Red Sox
NFL- Cincinnati Bengals
NBA- Memphis Grizzlies
College- Arkansas Razorbacks
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
left batting glove first
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Super Mario Brothers theme song
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
make the HR's all the same for everyone
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The Busch- it's in my back yard and it's always a good time and the fireworks are beautiful (when you can see them)
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
BLD- bc it's BLD
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
I can't say… This might get some colleges in trouble lol