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Argen L. Dodds IV
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Outfield, 1st and Catcher.
I'm not really sure what my best position is.
I'm prolly the best at being a catcher since it's not to hard to mess up.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Why do you like the game of softball?
Because it allows me to keep active and fulfill my competitiveness.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Ben Dunn, Billy Maggard and Jake Runte
Ben Dunn has the best work ethic and attitude I've ever seen out of a individual and IMO he's the best CF in the Houston area and one of the best I've seen in conference.
Billy Maggard he can hit it with the best of em and has no mercy when in the batters box. He's a great leader on the field.
Jake Runte is fairly new to softball but player SS at U of H and has a sick glove in the infield. A few more years of experience and he will be making some noise at the conference level.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Donkey or Bam Bam
I got the nickname Donkey when I very first started playing softball because I always acted like a "Donkey". I like to think I have outgrown that one.
The just got the name Bam Bam this past year playing with Nightmare. When I first came to the team I swung a 30 oz bat so they said I looked like a grown version of Bam Bam from the flinstones with his club.
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
League City, Texas
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Relaxing at home or out fishing and hunting
What do you do for a living?
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Highschool: Basketball, Football and Baseball
College: Football, Basketball and baseball (a few different schools)
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I'd just moved back home from College and my roommate would always go and play Friday nights at BLD. He invited me out one Fridays to play and that's when I was hooked. (Rookie coed Allstar)
New York Bill and Billy Maggard asked me to play with Crush in 2010. They were a C/B team here around Houston.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The respect the players show one another, the game and the umpires.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I'm still pretty new to the conference level so me personally I don't know.
Our pitcher last year compared my bat speed to Greg Connell. So I guess I'll just use that one.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
When I was asked to play at Hall of Fame Stadium with the Spurs (throw together team from Houston) and we came out and beat Dansmith 43-42 in our opening game of the tourney.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
When I started playing with Crush Billy Maggard helped me out a lot. I was never a BP taking kinda guy is just show up and swing. Billy would call me and have me come take BP with him wherever he could find a open field. He helped me with my bat control and taught me how to cut the ball instead of using my strength to force it out.
Evan Gallmeier this past year was always talking to me about pitch selection and situational hitting at the conference level. Which helped me add a few more walks
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work at it like it's your job.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Overlap. I swing a 30oz Endload early on the tourney and switch to a 28 Endload late
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Work out and condition.
This year I'll focus more on conditioning and my flexibility.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
All Houston Based sports teams and Football
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I don't have any superstitions..
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
"I can't stop"
– Flux Pavilion
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I feel it's fine the way it is.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The Schulenberg softball festival.
You get to go up Friday float the river then go to the concert they have there at the pavilion. Women's teams dress in costumes and play ball and men's is just everyone out there drinking and having a good time.
Haven't played in any other tourneys to compare. Although I hear the Smokys is nice
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
The field is always on good condition and it's fun hitting them out of the stadium
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Usually just go to a Jimmy johns or hooters.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Billy Maggard playing in a santa's little Helper outfit at Schulenberg with a 10in tee ball glove drunk at SS LOL Sorry billy
Or North Budfest when Jon reached out and swung and farted all at once (lord knows what else) haha sorry Jon
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Hmm.. I've had a conversation with Michael Jordan when the all star game was here in Houston. Met him at a silent auction in Houston for NBA players to bid on random things for charity.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Allstate honors my junior year of High school in basketball