Why do you like the game of softball?
I enjoy the competition the most. There's nothing better than seeing the bracket get posted every Wednesday on Softballcenter and looking forward to the anticipated match-ups for the upcoming weekend. I also enjoy hanging out with the guys and getting out of town to play at some of the top complex's in the country.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
There's to many to name here. I haven't been around the upper level of softball long enough to answer this question.
What position do you play?
A little bit of everything but I'm not really good at any of them. I think last year I played every position besides EH and C
Where do you call home?
What do you do for a living?
Work for Boombah
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played baseball, basketball and football in high school and then played baseball and basketball in college. I didn't throw hard enough to break glass so my baseball dream was cut short and then I'm pretty undersized and not nearly athletic enough to play basketball at the next level
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My dad was a very good player when I was younger and I was always at the field with him when I was a little kid so I kind of grew up around the game. My uncle who also played at a high level really started to introduce me to softball when I was coming out of college and then we started traveling to play in some bigger tournaments. In 2007 Todd got me on the PDR/Shocker team that won the USSSA C World. After that we played B in 2008 and weren't very good. In 2009 Eric Weller came on board to sponsor us which enabled us to play more of a regional schedule but we still went 0-2 at B worlds. In 2010 we added a couple more players and Eric put us in the Conference and that was really my first taste of upper level softball. Eric is the key to this whole thing. Without him none of it would have been possible. Todd has also been instrumental in getting our team where we are now.
What batting grip do you use?
I drop my pinkie off the bottom of the bat and swing hard in case I hit it
What is your favorite sports team?
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I clean out the box every time I get ready to hit
What is your most memorable softball moment?
Winning the 2010 NSA A World. That one meant a lot for me becuase we won it with a lot of the same guys I started playing with 5 years ago including my uncle who got me started playing softball
Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?
At the upper level it is definitely a sport. Anything that has an off-season is considered a sport in my opinion
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
USSSA has done a good job regulating the bats but there is still room for improvement. It would be great to see them test bats at all Conference events in 2011 and then maybe every sanctioned USSSA event in 2012. I'm not sure if it's possible but it's a nice thought
It would be nice to see ASA and NSA grow an upper level program
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Kenosha Rotary Tournament. Nobody who reads this board probably knows what tournament this is besides the EWS guys and they are all probably laughing right now that I put this tournament up. It's the world series of carnival softball
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
We were playing Watanabee at the Cincy Major in 2009. There was a rain delay and it was about 3AM. Todd decided to pinch hit a guy and Dan Hall who was our RF disagreed with Todd's decision and confronted Todd about it. They had a little confrontation and Todd told Dan to go home. Now remember, we are 6 hours from home. Todd turns to tell Mex to go out to RF but he couldn't find him becuase Mex was already on his way out there
It probably wasn't funny to anybody but the guys that were there