Thursday August 5th, 2021

An interview with Victory outfielder Chuck Shimels

Chuck Shimels


ASA Playing History 

USSSA Playing History 2010

USSSA Playing History 2002-2010

Why do you like the game of softball?
Getting away from the work life.   And hanging with the teammates and competing

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Ron Parnell was my B.P partner for a awhile great person and a great player taught me how to carry myself.
Brian Wegman great hitter and plays everywhere on defense.

What position do you play?
LF, RF and lately getting to Catch and  D.h, I'm getting older and fatter.

What is your nickname?
Big's I use to be skinny along time ago. And everyone else was so much bigger than me so they gave me that name.

Where do you call home?
Yucaipa, CA

What do you do for a living?
Sales and I.T work for a Sharp copier dealership

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
in High school Track, Cross Country and Basketball

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
My family has been into softball my whole life.  My mother played B' woman's as I was growing up and my uncle was the shortstop for Trim Fit the B team that won worlds in the late 80's
I played C's for a couple years until Jimmy Torres from WCS/LCV gave me a shot and have played B's ever since.  I have been lucky to have had 2 of the best sponsor's Carlos Vegas Tai sports/Elite, Jimmy Torres WCS/LCV
Without them I would of never been able to play B's.   Thank both of you very much.

What batting grip do you use?  What ounce bat?  What was your favorite bat of all time?
I use the last 2 fingers over the knob grip, 26oz , Probably the OG Miken Freak

What is your favorite sports team?
Toronto Blue Jays my first little league team i played for.
Pittsburgh Steelers my whole family is from Pittsburgh.

What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Football, Track

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?

What is your most memorable softball moment?
Losing are first game at usssa C world and winning 12 straight games to make it to the ship with T.A.I

Is slowpitch softball a sport or a game?

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Limit the amount of major players  on 1 team

What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Dudley, Toys for Tots

Who are you playing with in 2011?
Victory/Tyja/Demarini  B Team out of California




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