An interview with Combat infielder Zachary Messer!
Interview conducted on 11/18/2015
Who are you playing with in 2016?
Team Combat (Major)
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play infield any where from shortstop, middle, and second… I think my best spot is shortstop most years there
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Luis Renya shortstop for Ressy now some of the best hands in the game when playin defense and he is always in a great position to make plays
Why do you like the game of softball?
I like the game of softball just like anyone else who plays it… its the closes thing to baseball and yet its such a easy game anyone can play… but yet not everyone has what it takes to make it…
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Kyle Pearson from Smash it… he is a freak when it comes to hittin the softball and not to many people know he can also glove it not just hit the long ball
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Mess… or Messy
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Just relaxin maybe a little BP work or hang with the nephew and family plus the friends i dont get to see when i travel thru out the year
What do you do for a living?
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I wrestled and played baseball in highschool….
I played college baseball for 2 years..
I also have 2 years of semipro baseball playin for the Lake Erie Crushers in the frontier league
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got my start playin with a few local D teams Guy Owens and Jack Gardner then after a few years i moved on to a team called Tailgaters and then last year with CA Compound Athletics and now a year later playin for Team Combat
What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The pitchin the defense…. all way better pretty much everything about the conference is better then non conference ball all the way
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
No not really but i know i want to be as good as the best infielders out there today so i try to do what i see them do, it has worked for them for years…
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Goin to the Major World Series for the first time and winnin yhe first 2 games to make it to primetime game Friday night in Disney… That was a great weekend and highlight….
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
I have alot of people that impacted my approuch in softball such as old time coaches Guy Owens and Jack Gardner… to all my buddies who push me on off days to work harder and get out there amd work on my game so i got alot of people in my corner
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Be Humble… Team ball is more important then the Me Me Me guy
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
26oz and a 2 finger over lap
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
alot of hand eye drills for defense and alot of BP
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
The Ohio State Buckeyes….. College Football
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Not really but my big one is this… It is bad to split objects…Like walkin with people and 3 go on oneside of the pole and 2 stay on the other side lol i hate that
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Watch me do my step..
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
To be honest i really dont know i enjoy the game as it is… I have nothin to complain or change about it
What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Columbus Major…. because its the closest to my hometown and family and friends get to come and watch
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
The major at disney… Nothin will top that
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Playin at the Cajun last year and when the night games started the turf was so wet that every inning someone from either team was slippin and slidin trippin it was a great time lol
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I use to play outfield just got moved into the infield a few years ago
What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Was pretty cool to get All World team for B usssa last year that was great award…