Wednesday January 19th, 2022

2022 Free Agent Kolten Ortega




Kolten Ortega

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 11/26/2021

Who are you playing with in 2022, and who have you played with in the past?
2022 Free Agent –

Finished the 2021 season with KBI

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Utility OF

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Too many to list

Why do you like the game of softball?
Love the competitiveness and the new friends you make along the way

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Taco and because of my last name being Ortega like the taco shells

What is your height and weight?
6'0 225

Where do you call home?
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Fishing in the Spring/Summer/Fall and hunting in the winter and always spending time with the family

What do you do for a living?
Install and Repair Tech

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Football and Basketball

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Started playing when I was 15 in church league and getting noticed by others

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Competitiveness and not a lot of errors

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I'm not sure

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Playing OF during the State tourney to move the MI back to his position

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Denis Fisher, Corey Tapp, Both of these guys were always giving me pointers to help me improve my game.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Keep your head up and Keep Grinding

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Regular tape and 25 or 25.5

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Grinding in the cages and playing Dome tourneys

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Cubs, Packers, Iowa!

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Myrtle Beach

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Space Coast

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Wings and Beer

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Guys wearing a Tu Tu

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
being a nerd

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