An interview with Combat outfielder Brad Lunda!
Who are you playing with in 2016?
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play anywhere in the outfield and my best spots are RF or CF.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Jim Lindeman is the best player I have seen play softball.
Why do you like the game of softball?
I enjoy playing with top notch athletes and against top notch athletes. Seeing the various ball parks around the country is a nice bonus.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
John Williams is the best up and coming player because he can do it all. Glove it any where in the infield, hit for power, and hit it down. As long as he keeps his good work ethic from last year this kid has a lot of room to grow and get better.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
B-Rad and BL3
What is your height and weight?
6'-1" 225 lbs
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Taking BP and relaxing with friends.
What do you do for a living?
I do field engineering, drafting, and piping design work for a design engineering company.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
High School – soccer, ice hockey, baseball
College – baseball
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My buddy (Adam O.) asked me to play with Players Inc. in 2007 a local C team because one of their outfielders moved to Canada. 2008 and 2009 I played with JA and Alex H. on Fury. Then in 2010 I was asked by Todd A. and Eric Weller to play with EWS (conf. B). 2011-2012 I played part time locally due to my job before jumping on and playing with Jason Wilkins in 2013. From there I stayed with Jason on local teams and with Compound last year and with him this year on Team Combat.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The biggest difference is that 95% of the routine plays are made, the ball comes off the bat a lot faster, pitchers have a lot more control over their pitches, and 1-11 plus guys on the bench can all hit well.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Beating Resmondo and winning the conf. championship in 2010.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Jim Lindeman and the Bushwackers. Jim was my hitting coach for baseball and played softball with us. The Bushwackers is a team built of families (all fathers and sons) that I grew up practicing and playing with since I could hold a bat. They taught me how to play the game right and instilled hustling 100% of the time.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Hustle everything out because you never know who is watching the game you are playing. Thank and appreciate your coach and sponsor for everything they do for you and the team.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I use the standard baseball grip with a 26 or 27 oz end load.
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I work out 5-7 days a week and hit as much BP as I can.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I do the same thing before every at bat. Do the same routine to get the same good results.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Top Gun Anthem
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Cap the home runs at 12 for all major tournaments except for the MWS and Smoky. Umpires should be governed by a 3rd party company with no affiliation to USSSA. Just like all pro sports.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The Hall of Fame dual because I love playing on stadium fields and two tournaments are better than one in a weekend.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Disney or Osceola are the best fields I have played at because the hops are true and the outfield is about as flat as they come.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Japanese sushi and hibachi with Jason Wilkins