2016 Free Agent Will New
Interview conducted on 4/1/2015
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Free Agent Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone:(803)270-3942
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Pitch, 2nd, middle infield.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Defensively: Luis Reyna
Hitting: Ryan "the Beast" Harvey
Why do you like the game of softball?
The competition of the teams are very passionate about what they are doing.
But at the end of the day we all are a tight nit family.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Ryan Harvey for sure! The guy just flat out hits some creatures!
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Wilbur. Fat but Fast.
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
Small country town 10 mins north of Augusta, GA. Beautiful town of Graniteville, SC
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
I'll be in the gym, or either at a field working on my game. I try to stay apart of the local ball scene helping out when I can.
What do you do for a living?
Water treatment operator
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
yes, high school ball, sandlot league.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Started in church league like most. I was asked to play in a pick up tourney by two of my closest friends Chuck and Neil Broach. My love for baseball made softball transition a passion. Making it to the upper level was always my main goal from listening to there stories of traveling playing ball as well as hearing "KJ" Kevin Johnson and Matt Tindell tell me steps to take to be a success at that level. I owe these gentleman a lot for their time to help me develop my game and for there constant support!
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The professionalism of the guys. The atmosphere of the teams. The speed of the games.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
That's a hard one.
I compare myself to my last ground ball, last night pitch or my last at bat to strive to do better than I just did in that moment.
I would say my competitive nature comes from watching Andy Purcells intensity on the mound as to me he is the best pitcher on the planet.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
My first at bat as a conference player stands out for sure!
I was so nervous I could barely hold the bat in my hands. Walked up to the plate and hit a 370+ ft Three run homerun.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Absolutely! Neil Broach would be the first to come to mind. He always pushed me to be better. He always told me "when your sleeping someone else is training" Thanks my Brother!
Secondly, Kevin "KJ" Johnson. KJ took out the time to give advice to a young up and comer on and off the field. Thanks Cuzzy!
Thirdly, Steve Hildebran for giving me a shot because he saw the passion I had/have to want to be the best! Thank you sir!
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Keep your head up! even when you think your stuck in the REC leagues, someone is always watching and people are always talking! Be humble, and Be better today then you were yesterday!
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky under knob one finger over lap
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Where I live there is no off season. If its cold i'm in the indoor cages and the gym waiting for the Carolina sunshine!
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Atlanta Braves, South Carolina Gamecocks.
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Don't know if you can say its a superstition. I say a prayer before every at bat.
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
"Run Free" By Asking Alexandria
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Have more tournaments.
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
The Smoky, The place is just beautiful
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
ESPN wide world of sports. The fields are top notch
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Buffalo wild wings!! That's only if they have Cold Ultra on draft!!
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Can't remember the guys name, But a competitor in one of Jeff Hall's Homerun Derby in Gastonia. He flipped the bat over and hit his last two Hr's off the handle of the bat.
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Two time national BMX racing champion 2002-2003. Finished the year ranked number eight in the world before leaving the sport.
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Best gift ever received was from Sonny Worsham and Steve Hildebran they gave me the opportunity to be apart of a great squad of brothers and play the game I love thanks fellas!!
As far as the best i've ever given. I always told my "Brother" Neil Broach that if I ever made it to the upper level that I would pay it forward to him. So I decked him out in Klutch Brand gear thanks to Brandon Patzig.