An interview with Eurotech/Elite Media Design/Easton pitcher Allan Ouellette!
Interview conducted on 2/20/2016
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Eurotech/Elite Media Design/Easton
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Too many to single out 1. Purcell, Baker, Connell, Wegman… List goes on
Why do you like the game of softball?
Im competitive and enjoy the game a lot.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Pat Ellwanger, Colin Baartman. These 2 young kids can really play both offense and defense. Fun to watch them improve
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Golfing, jet skiing, time with the girlfriend.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Hockey and Baseball
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Started playing with my Brother in law when I was really young, eventually started making the move upward as I got asked repeatedly.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The speed of the game is faster, athletes are better, all in all I enjoy it a lot.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Not really any one person but you try and mirror bits and pieces from a lot of guys.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Winning C Worlds in 2008 with JH/Chanteclear. A bunch of friends winning the big tourney was really awesome.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
My dad taught me early on to respect your opponent and play hard all the time. Don't cheat the game.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
It's an exposure sport, try and play in all the big tournaments to show off your skills.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky off the knob, overlap grip. 27oz
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Gym all the time, hit as much as I can
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Hockey. Minnesota Wild
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Dual, the amount of games in 4 days on baseball fields really test you as a player as well as your team.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Disney, Osceola heritage park.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I watched our catcher throw a ball into right center field after a guy hit a swinging bunt with the bases loaded. He was a foot away from the plate when he fielded it and could have easily stepped on home plate, instead he threw it in the general direction of 2nd base into the OF. It cleared the bases
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Jack Nicklaus autographed Masters hat. He autographed for me when I was 15.