Thursday March 21st, 2019
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2019 Free Agent Brian Tveita

 

 

 

Brian Tveita

USSSA Playing History

What team are you playing for 2019?
Free agent, conference team was looking to play with decided not to play for this season

Spent 2016 with STL/Mizuno and 2017 with Rebel Sports both Conference USSSA B teams

2018 played with Eurotech out of Minnesota as B ASA/USSSA

Best Way to contact you:
Briantveita@yahoo.com or 612-991-0388

What positions do you play and what's your best positon?
3rd, 2nd Pitcher, / P and 3rd

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Hard to say with so many great players to name a few; Purcell, Wegman, Clark, Connell, Kyle Pearson, and Scott Brown

Why do you like the game of softball?
Like is an understatement, Love is more accurate, fuels my competitive side and there is nothing I would rather be doing in the spring or summer than being on the field playing ball or at a park working on my on my game. I enjoy the competitive spirit at the conference level, playing under the lights, the excitement playing with and against the best, meeting new people and hanging out with the guys during the summer.

Who is the best up and coming player and why?
Josh Smith (Hollywood) Who I played with on STL and Rebel Sports can really hit the ball well, a lot of fun to play with him in 2016 and 2017.

Also maybe not up and coming but very underrated and not widely known in Cusssa circles: Scott Jacobs who I've had the pleasure of playing with for 3 years in the conference. He has one of the best swings I have ever seen, is very unselfish as a ball player and locks down the middle when pitching like very few guys do, his reflexes are amazingly fast.

What do you do for a living?
Application Systems Administrator

What is your height and weight?
5'11/215

Where do you call home?
Minneapolis, MN

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Weightlifting, hitting or throwing at a local park or hanging out at home with my family. My 2 year old son is big into baseball and loves to practice hitting in the drive way and hit for hours like his pop.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
While rehabbing my shoulder I had a buddy ask me to pitch co-ed, I had seen my dad play softball for years at the Dudley and Frolics but always thought the game was too slow, somehow I became hooked on softball and after my stints of playing town ball ended, I jumped into softball and never looked back.

After a couple years of playing lower softball, and starting to get the desire to get better and move up, I asked Mike Beardsley/Scott Brown and others what I needed to do to become a better ball player, they gave me tips like becoming bigger and stronger-so I spent the next two seasons lifting and putting on about 40 lbs of mass. Then they told me about hitting till my hands bleed and then going out and doing it again the next day, over and over. So I did, 100 degrees, snowing, raining didn't matter I hit through it. Lastly he told me about trying to network and connecting with upper players. I hit in Scott Browns (Brownie) hitting league and received some great tips about overlap grip, adjustments on my swing and then I just worked harder and longer than about anybody I knew to chase down my dream of playing in the conference. Tried out with WSC in 2014 and stuck, played in 2015 with THE Sportsmanshop, 2016 with STL/Mizuno/Sportsmanshop, and 2017 with Rebel Sports

What would you say is your career highlight to this point?
Going 6/6 with 3 homers and 9 RBI's in a game against 3rd ST/Louisville Slugger at the Choo Choo Classic in 2016.

Beating Linedrive Sportz/Easton as an underdog in the Windy City major on Friday night in the 2016 season was pretty special as it was a hard fought, tightly contested team win.

Also a couple of years ago at the Maryland dual when the first leg was rained out, we sat there for 4 days and my roomie (old Laser vision vet) Jermaine Parker shared a lot of softball wisdom and I've always carried some of what he told me that weekend with me.

Lastly getting to play Cusssa in 2016 and 2017 with Bryan Goins. I call him by big brother, the guy is as accomplished as a lot of the greats in the softball world and he's a down to earth humble guy. I learned a lot about the game from him, the approach, always being ready when your numbers called, reminding me it's just a game so have fun.

What advice can you give a younger player trying to break into the upper level?
Work hard, be humble, ask questions of those players who are playing in the higher levels of ball, network like crazy and hustle, hustle, hustle. Also don't be afraid to fail or make a mistake, a mark of good ball player is how well you bounce back after a mistake or adversity. Believe in yourself, work like hell and never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.

What do I do in the offseason to prepare for the next season?
I am very dedicated to weightlifting I like to check in on Facebook so (BG)Bryan Goins knows I'm there putting in work, take a lot of ground balls in the gym, hit inside and outside throughout the winter, check out old streamed games to looking for tips and tendencies of players I may face. I think of new ways to improve my game with different exercises, drills and ideas and I really try not to take many days off from any of these activities during the offseason.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on the softball field?
Pretty much anything BG and Brandon Blake say on the ball field. Playing in the Circle City Major at the end of the day we were all pretty exhausted from a long day of ball, during the last game the team we were playing had some of their fans behind the backstop. Korey Harris (Conference Korey) came up to bat and after a pitch or two stepped out an starting arguing and cursing at the people who were heckling him behind the backstop I pretty sure the ump had to step in to get Korey back to the dish, you could tell he was mad, we were all dying laughing and once he got back into the box he hit a no doubt 3 run homer and was cussing all the way to first at the people hence Conference Korey was born. We rode him the rest of the season to hit like people were yelling at him from the backstop HA.

What was your favorite Sports related gift you have ever give or received?
I received a Backspin Tee and Pop toss hitting tee from my gal so I can hit as much as I want by myself when I need to, which is often because I enjoy hitting

 



 

 

 

 

10 responses to “2019 Free Agent Brian Tveita”

  1. Allan Harris says:

    One of the best teammates out there. The guy really does work his tail off. Good luck B.

  2. Tbay says:

    Thanks alan, i appreciate the kind words it was great playing conference ball with you this yr

  3. Hower30 says:

    Good guy right here. Hard work always pays off! Hope u find a good home

  4. Mike Beardsley says:

    Brian is one of the hardest working players out there. He would be a great addition to any team on and off the field.

  5. Cory Hines says:

    Dedication and determation are words that come to mind when I think about Brian, the dude stays ready! Someone pick him up, you won’t be disappointed.

  6. Randy noe says:

    Hey Brian need a guy for Orlando. Hit me up
    901 496 9732

  7. Bryan Goins says:

    I couldn’t have asked for a better teammate/person to have played with last year even with the terrible year we had he was there. This kid bust his ass to make it to the next level of softball and deserves to be a part of a good team!!!

  8. York says:

    Great teammate and works his tail off. Good luck next year brother and I look forward to seeing u out there.

  9. Stylz P. says:

    This kid really gets it, works at ball like its his job, rides in vehicles for 15 hours to play in the in major events an still produces, hits outside in the winter in the snow/cold. Plays the game the right way, never known a person more dedicated to acheiving their goals an dreams, keep grinden big fella

  10. Bryan Goins says:

    Man EVERYONE please give this young man a chance!!!!!. I don’t anyone that works harder at the game than Brian does while living in Minnesota the man works his ass off and just needs a chance from someone. I know I don’t have alot of cred anymore in this new age of softball but I know Brian will give you everything he has to win. HE JUST NEEDS A CHANCE!!!!!!

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