An interview with Jason Branch
Why do you like the game of softball?
I love softball for the chance to fulfill the competive side of me that i've had since i was a kid. I love it for the chance to meet new friends, and to hang out with the friends that i never see other then softball.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I've seen alot of great players the last couple of years, but Wegman with his ability to play infield, outfield, hit for average and power makes him standout to me.
Where do you call home?
I live in Brooksville, Fl (45 min west of Disney), I have a 12 year old Daughter Sabrina, and a 9 year old son Jorden.
What do you do for a living?
My dad and i are partners in a land devlopment business, which is nice because i can take time off whenever i need.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played baseball, football, and basketball in high school. I played one year of D2 baseball at St. Leo university, then transfered to juco ( PHCC)for one year.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I grew up at the softball fields, my dad, mom, and sister all played. I started playing tournament ball at the D level and have moved up every year. Won the ASA and WSL B worlds in 08 with Lighthouse, and picked up with T&R in 09 when Troy Nance saw me play in 08
What batting grip do you use?
I put my pinky off the end, and pinky on top of my bottom hand
What is your favorite sports team?
Dont really watch alot of sports, but do follow the RAYS and the BUCS when my dad has them on the TV when i'm visiting.
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
I golf, hunt, and fish
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Well i always try to mound some dirt in the box, smooth the front of the box out and pick the spot on the bat where i want to hit the ball at. I also go to the same stall in the bathroom at every field, and pull the paper towel holder 5 times after washin my hands. Dont know why just have done it since high school. lol
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Winning the B's in 08
Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
To me it is a sport. Its something you have to work at to be good, and playing at this level if you dont put in the time it shows.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Limiting the major players would make it alot more competive, also the bat issue is out of control. Should have testing with a big digital readout for everyone to see.
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Went to the MCcades tourny in ND with Longhaul this year and it was crazy. 4-5 thousand people all drinkin, havin fun.