New Team —> Cornerstones Kyle Bowers
Interview conducted on 10/12/2016
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Play both corner OF positions. Equally strong on either side.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Mr. Triple Crown himself, Greg Connell. Consistent swing and good approach.
Why do you like the game of softball?
Fills my competitive void after baseball was over.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
SIS Kyle Pearson, Naturally gifted hitter, swings hard and Rakes. w/ the work gloves.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
KB, pretty obvious how that came about….
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Burns, TN (30miles West of Nashville)
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Easiest question in the list. Spending time with my wife and daughter. These 2 are my #1 A&B fans and biggest supporters.
What do you do for a living?
Estimator, Concrete construction company
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Football & Baseball through HS and College Baseball after that
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Started out playing C, which was a quick break in period, with my buddies from home 5 years ago. Rode the wave with those guys, won a few world's. Got a great opportunity from Shaun Ballard at the end of last year. Can't thank him enough for taking a chance on me.
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
It was everything I had expected out of it, speed, power and athleticism. Just took realizing this was where I belonged, got comfortable and did my thing for the team.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Anybody with Team First attitude that leaves it all on the field pitch by pitch.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Been blessed to have been apart of some great teams with great people. Every victory is as sweet as the last, when you're out there playing for each other.
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. If you want to excel at anything in life, you must be willing to sacrifice and put forth maximum effort for greatness. Work. Family. Softball
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Still working on this myself. Definitely not an easy road. BP BP BP, Lift, Lift, Lift and network.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Standard grip, 27oz balanced
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Weight Room and Hit BP. Indoor Facility in my back yard helps in the winter months.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Football fan to the core. I'm one of the few to openly admit to being a Titans fan
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
No stepping on the lines and patience when I get in the box.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Rob Bailey, BEAST
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Check out Old Scout, plenty of people biting at this topic….
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Pic O Dixie, Chattanooga, TN. Open tourney and zero complaining. Donald Ramsey and crew do a great job with this one. Continues to grow each year.
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Columbus, GA. BSC World. Park is immaculate and that BSC atmosphere is like no other. If you've been, you know what I'm talking about.
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Anywhere that's open.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
1 person make all 3 outs in an inning. sorry Nick.
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Multi-time National Champion racing go karts on dirt. Traveled the country with my dad for 17 years. Memories I'll always treasure.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Won 6 rings in the last 2 years. Being able to give back to those sponsors who donated without hesitation something in return was priceless.