Saturday October 22nd, 2016

Zane Trammell




Zane Trammell

USSSA Playing History Player Page

2015 Interview

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
All three spots in the outfield.  I think left and center are my best spots.  I try to stay out of right field.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I think the best all around player out there is Bryson Baker.  Gets it done at any position you put him at.  Best hitter I have seen is Jeff Hall.

Why do you like the game of softball?
Allows me to still stay competitive.  Gives me a stress release from work as well.  Best part is the group of people you come in contact with.  Some of my better friends I met playing over the last 7 years.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I am a little biased on this answer, but Wes Newell for sure and my brother Jason Trammell.  Wes jumps right out of lower ball and leads us to the Major World Series and I hate to give him credit on anything, but he picks it with the best of them.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Lyf Nimmo called me Woody from Toy Story at a Mansfield tourney because somehow I look him running the bases and it just stuck since then.

What is your height and weight?
I'm 6'5 215-220

Where do you call home?
I live in the Colony, Tx

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Not to many of those once the season starts, but some BP and a beer is where its at.

What do you do for a living?
General Manager of Fastenal

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Basketball and Baseball in high school.  Baseball in College

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing league ball with my family and was introduced to weekend softball by my brother.  Started in E and my second year, Lyf came to us to start ASPNation and played with him at each level up until last year.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The sheer talent and speed of the game.  First year is an eye opener because you feel like in your home state you are the best thing around and when you go to a conference event, every player out there is just as talented, if not more, than you are.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I do not try and compare myself to anyone because I want to make my own impact on the game.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
The one thing that always pops into my head is the walk off hit i had against FBI in Houston.  Bowser dared me to hit the line and sure enough, I did.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
As much as we butt heads, Lyf Nimmo.  Without him I would have never had the chance to play the Conference.  He got me when I was 18 and thought I knew everything and in strange way wrangled me in until I figured it out enough to stay a couple years.  And can not forget to mention Tim Barnes, even though he yells at every one and is never happy.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Take advice, put in the work it takes, and respect everything associated to the game.  Do all this and play the game the right way and your chance will come.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Overlap two fingers on my top hand and a 27oz.

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Keep in decent shape, hit BP, and strengthen my arm.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
So many:  Can not step on a chalk line, if you grab a glove or your's is picked up, have to wait to pass the line until you toss it, have to throw around the outfield every 1st inning, write 51 in the dirt before every at bat, etc.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Any type of hard rock

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Easy to say even the playing field, but sponsors pay money to win, so they get the best players.  Only thing I would like to see changed is if you win a major then you should qualify for the Major.  More of a win to get in tourney rather than who has enough money to make the big point tournaments.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
I have 2, Snoball and Watermelon.  You never know what the weather is for Snoball and you play through it with unlimited home runs and the Watermelon because in between every game you walk through the woods to go to their Festival and just have a blast.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
The best fields hands down is Disney.  I would still choose The Smokys for the atmosphere and Colorado for the weather and the view.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Texas Roadhouse easily the best.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Have to put it out there, both for Jon Kilburn.  Hits a 12 hopper to the pitcher and proceeds to tell us he forgot we were playing on turf and then lets one rip in the middle of his swing.  Our dugout almost fell out.

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
Best gift I ever received was being allowed to wear number 51 for a dear friend who passed away from a rare form of cancer of 21.  His family graciously allowed me to continue having his number every time I took the field.

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