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EMMA WYMAN #9(5'8"/150LBS.), C/O2022, GPA: 3.5

TRINITY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, OCALA, FLORIDA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? Where are you from? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest if not an only child?

I am from Ocala, Florida. I began playing softball at age 9, as well as Brazilian Jujitsu. I have an older sister who's 17 and she also plays softball. My dad played college and semi-pro football, and my mom was voted 'Most Athletic' in high school. I come from a sports family that's very competitive, to say the least. My sister Maddie was the one who took on pitching first. I was more into Jujitsu. I would go to her lessons and play with the other kids. One day, she and another girl were having a race to see who could get a certain number of strikes. I decided to give it a try. The coach put me in and I threw one strike, and then another, and then another, and BAM, I was hooked! They used to call me BAM when I was younger. I received coaching to improve my consistency because I have always loved the challenge of beating batters. I finished that season in the State All-Star game, striking out 15 of 18 batters and throwing a no-hitter. After that summer, I moved up to 12U and spent about 8 months working on getting stronger and learning spins. At 12U the mound is at 40’ vs 35,’ and the ball is 12” vs 10”. I knew I had to get bigger, and stronger, and faster to continue to dominate. I had to start moving the ball around vs relying on speed.

SESM: Are you on a travel team and/or currently in any tournaments this summer?

Yes, I play on the Lady Dukes -Lamar 04 team out of Raleigh, NC. We qualified for PGF Nationals in California at the end of the summer. Next weekend we're playing the Starz Showcase in Virginia, then we go to Atlanta for the Triple Crown Nationals July 15th-18th, and finally the PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA., July 27th-Aug 4th.

SESM: Is there anyone special in your life that helped you become the player that you are?

Yes, my pitching instructor Coach Monica Triner. She always gives me good advice and helps me get my pitches dialed in with a few simple instructions. Coach Mike Young, who is my high school coach, holds me to the standard where I will excel at a high level in college. My travel coach, Coach James Lamar, is an awesome person and a coach that works just as hard for the team as he expects us players too. Also my parents. They're always supporting me and making sure I get the training I need. They ensure I get to practice, to camps, and the tournaments on time.

SESM: How do you get ready for a game?

I start the night before lying in bed. I visualize the game in my head, throwing the pitches and seeing the outcome I want. It’s kinda like a rehearsal. On the morning of the tournament, I usually eat the same breakfast and listen to some pregame music on the way to the field. Once I get to the field, I always start with my Jaeger Band warm up and long toss.

SESM: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

I enjoy spending time with my cousins and the rest of my family. Since I spend so much time traveling to different states playing ball, I really love my off weekends. I can just go to cookouts and swim. My cousins are all involved in sports so it usually involves some sort of competition. We have kickball tournaments, whiffle ball games, basketball games, or I watch my cousins play in their baseball games. I also workout with weights to get stronger. I have also started working with a track coach, Coach Toni McCall. I enjoy running track because it helps with base running.

SESM: What do you like about training?

Training is always about competing with myself to become a better version of me. I like setting goals and putting in the grind to reach them. Once reached, I set higher goals. It’s fun to have training partners so you can beat them.

SESM: What do you dislike about training?

Being sore for the next few days, if it’s weight training. If it's a pitching lesson, it's 2 hrs away and I hate the drive. It’s great once I get there, but we usually don't get home until 1-1:30 am.

SESM: Do you participate in any other sports, recreation or fitness activities?

I do Olympic weightlifting. It's being added as a sport at our school this year so I'll be able to compete in it also. I love boxing. I have been doing it since I was about 10. It’s a lot of fun and a great cardio workout. I run as well. 

SESM: What do you most enjoy about softball?

I like the excitement of striking people out and the friendships with all of the girls. I love that we all have the love of the game in common and that the game has no judgment or preconceived notions of any of us. It only knows what you put into it and we can always learn from that. I also love playing all over the world. It has brought me so many great people, places, and experiences in my world.

SESM: What’s your favorite softball memory?

Being selected as an USA All American to represent the Florida Junior Olympic team and getting to play at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Also, winning the USA Elite Select World Championship. We had to go into 3 rounds of Texas tiebreaker to win the game. I also had a memorable game this year, during my freshman season when I struck out 21 batters.

SESM: What’s the greatest obstacle you've had to overcome in your playing career?

Learning how to lead despite being the youngest on the team, and getting people to believe in themselves so they play for each other instead of playing scared.

SESM: What motivated you to play softball?

My sister and her friends. It looked fun and I wanted to compete with them.

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player?

Monica Abbott.

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning at the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why?

I would rather win at the top of the 7th because it means my team was better the whole game and we did our job winning each inning.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. How you are daily. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Emma Wyman the person?

On the daily, I am looking to stay on top of my game with the day to day things that go into being the person I want to be. I hate seeing people getting bullied. I make it a point to be a nice person and stand up for what’s right. I like to encourage others and help people. That’s what makes me feel good. There will always be people who want to bring you down if they are not confident in themselves. That has nothing to do with you, so stay true to yourself and keep your eye on the prize. I love school and I work hard at being the best student I can be. I look forward to going to my dream school. I want to enjoy the ride and leave a legacy behind at my high school. We are working hard to build the program. It will be something I'll enjoy later, coming back and giving back. I know the way I live my life doesn’t only affect me. I’m looking to grow the game for future players. Words can not describe how thankful I am for all my teachers, coaches and parents that invest in me every day. Wherever the game takes me, I will continue to give back. I'm looking at Notre Dame, University of Washington, Florida State, University of Florida, Alabama, and UCLA. I did receive some offers before the change in the rule, but I decided to keep my recruitment open. As far as career goals, I’m considering a teaching career and being a pitching coach.

KYNDALL FOMBY-BELL #42(5'7"/134LBS.), C/O2022, GPA: 3.8

POTEET HIGH SCHOOL, MESQUITE, TEXAS

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest child?

My life growing up was good. I had the love and support of my amazing parents guiding me. I have an older sister and a little brother. They always made my days fun and worthwhile. I'm so thankful to have been raised in a home with my incredible family.

SESM: How old were you when you started playing softball?

I was 7 or 8 years old when I started.

SESM: Is there anyone special in your life that helped you become the player that you are?

My parents played a big role by always being there and pushing me to be my best. Without them, I wouldn’t be the player I am today. My father played baseball when he was young so he knew a little about softball. My mother played co-ed as an adult. They didn’t know much, but they searched for drills and tips to get me going. Over the years I have progressed a lot. Throughout my journey, I’ve had many coaches who helped improve my playing. All of these people really helped break down the game for me to understand, and taught me great skills that help me play the game at my best. Without these mentors helping me along the way, I wouldn’t have gained a hardworking mindset.

SESM: How do you get ready for a game?

Before a game, I like to make sure I get loose, so I stretch good. Afterward, I like to enjoy my time with my teammates. Times with them gets me going with the energy I need to get ready for a game. It also allows me to get rid of any nerves or negative vibes.

SESM: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

I like to hang out with family and friends.

SESM: What do you like about training?

I really like the benefits training provides for me. The one on one lesson really breaks down what I could better myself on, which allows me to improve. Training also builds up your strength and create muscle memory, two things that are very important in any sport, especially softball. After a good training session, I always feel more confident about what I was working on and get to see a difference on the field.

SESM: What do you dislike about training?

Nothing really. I think training only benefits me by making me better.

SESM: Do you participate in any other sport, recreation, or fitness activities?

I play volleyball for my high school. Sometimes I run on my own.

SESM: What do you most enjoy about softball?

I enjoy the amazing memories created by my team. We always have a good time on and off the field. There’s not a moment we’re not laughing or having fun. I also enjoy the competition of playing really good teams. Competing is something I really love about the game.

SESM: What’s your favorite softball memory?

I have tons of great memories with my select team, Impact Gold-Young. Between all of the laughs shared and great times spent together, my favorite memory would probably have to be during one of our tournaments. We came back against a really good team to advance to the next day. The feeling that ignited in us was so special, it’s something I would never forget.

SESM: What’s the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?

My transition from being a right-handed power hitter, to a lefty slapper. I’ve seen people slap before but never did I think I would be doing it. The transition has been difficult, but I have great confidence that if I continue to work hard, stay dedicated, and have patience, I will become a great triple threat slapper. I believe this transition will be very beneficial for me and will give me a better perspective on how I play the game.

SESM: What motivated you to play softball?

When I was young I played different sports off and on. After my basketball season ended, a parent spoke to my mom about me play softball with his daughter. I was hesitant at first since I knew nothing about softball, but something inside me said to give it a try. I’m glad I did because I found my passion for playing the sport I love.

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player?

My favorite player would definitely be A.J. Andrews. She's an amazing athlete who plays her hardest and gives full effort. I aspire to play as she does.

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning in the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why?

I would rather come back and win. I feel like coming back after a tough game is a more memorable experience to have with my team.  I feel it would turn the heads people watching after seeing a team fight so hard and never giving up to win together.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person, off the field. Tell us about you, the person off the field and not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Kyndall Fomby-Bell, the person?

Off the field, I'm a very talkative person with a bubbly personality. I enjoy spending time with others, going places, and trying new things. On a daily basis, I’m always energetic and I enjoy bringing a smile to peoples faces. My dream for the future is to receive a full ride scholarship to an amazing college where I will study medicine. My dream job is to be an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine.

ALANNA NOBLE #11(5'3"/135LBS.), C/O2022, GPA: 3.91

MOORELAND HIGH SCHOOL, MOORELAND, OKLAHOMA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest child?

Growing up went well. I was raised by great parents. I have 8 siblings. I'm one of the middle children.

SESM: How old were you when you started playing softball?

I was 9 years old when I started softball.

SESM: Is there anyone special in your life that helped you become the player that you are?

Yes, Darryl Williams and Eyrika Brandenburg.

SESM: How do you get ready for a game?

I always watch the pitcher, her speed, and what she's throwing. My teammates and I talk about our goals for the game and pray before each game.

SESM: What do you like to do when you're not involved with softball?

I like to fish and swim with my family.

SESM: What do you like about training?

I like the feeling of getting better with every rep I take.

SESM: What do you dislike about training?

I dislike training if it's early in the morning.

SESM: Do you participate in any other sport, recreation, or fitness activities?

No, no other sports. I workout with my schools' ball team 2 times a week.

SESM: What do you most enjoy about softball?

I enjoy all the opportunities this game gives me and all the teammates this game has brought into my life.

SESM: What’s your favorite softball memory?

My teammates and I met at the dugout in the middle of a tight game, and a chicken ran across the field.

SESM: What’s the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?

Going through a batting slump.

SESM: What motivated you to play softball?

As a little girl I was trying out new sports and I fell in love with the game.

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player?

Sis Bates.

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning in the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why?

I personally love it when my team and I rally and come from behind. Winning at the bottom of the 7th would be my pick.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Alanna Noble, the person?

I am a small town girl. I'm a social person who loves meeting new people. My goal is to become a psychologist. I'm into mental health and how the mind works. I love helping people in tough situations. I want to help people in the future. I'm dedicated to accomplishing all my goals, on and off the field.

KHAYLANI BAILEY #18(5'2"/130LBS.), C/O2024, gpa: 3.0

COYLE MIDDLE SCHOOL, ROWLETT, TEXAS

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? Where are you from? How many siblings? Are you the only child, the oldest, middle or youngest?

I’m an only child. I have no siblings besides my dog, Xena. I live with both my parents. Growing up wasn’t hard but it wasn’t easy. My parents both worked very hard to keep me involved in anything I was interested in.

SESM: How old were you when you started playing softball?

I was 9 years young.

SESM: Is there anyone special in your life that helped you become the player that you are?

My pitching, Coach Rick Lee. He has worked with me and encouraged me. He always tells me I will be something to watch, and that encourages me to work hard.

SESM: How do you get ready for a game?

I have to listen to music. I put my ear pods in and listen every morning before I play. When I warm up, it gets me pumped.

SESM: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

I like to hang out with my friends and family.

SESM: What do you like about training?

It makes me better and gets me closer to my future goals for softball.

SESM: What do you dislike about training?

It can be very difficult.

SESM: Do you participate in any other sports, recreation or fitness activities?

I play recreational volleyball for fun, and school volleyball and basketball.

SESM: What do you most enjoy about softball?

Meeting new people who become my sisters. I just love the way it makes me feel. It’s very empowering for me!

SESM: What’s your favorite softball memory?

Hitting my first home run over the fence.

SESM: What’s the greatest obstacle you've had to overcome in your playing career?

Having to pick myself up after people have doubted me and proving that I can be a beast when I’m playing.

SESM: What motivated you to play softball?

I had a childhood friend that played and she asked if I would be interested in playing with her, so I did and I fell in love with softball.

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player?

Lauren Hager. She played for my favorite college team and she was so good at what she did!

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning at the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why?

We rather end by winning from the top of the inning. It shows me we fought the whole game and never fell behind.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Khaylani Bailey the person?

I'm a hard worker at everything I do. I’m goofy, caring and kind. I want to be a Florida Gator and I want to go to law school! After law school, I plan to become a lawyer or judge.

KAYLEIGH SMITH #29(5'8"/130LBS.), C/O2022, GPA: 3.5

ALEDO HIGH SCHOOL, ALEDO, TEXAS

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? Where are you from? How many siblings? Are you the only child, the oldest, middle or youngest? 

My older brother and I both grew up in a baseball  and softball family. We both played little league, travel ball and high school ball. Our parents  helped develop our love of the game by bringing us to Texas Ranger's games when we were little and introducing us to the game. We both grew up in Aledo, Texas. 

SESM: How old were you when you started playing softball? 

I started playing baseball when I was 5 and then switched to softball when I was 7.

SESM: Is there anyone special in your life that helped you become the player that you are?  

 Definitely!!!!  My first pitching coach, Jim Davis, got my pitching to be more effective when I was younger and I owe a lot of my progress to him. My current pitching coach Lisa Murphy helps me to keep developing and train to become better. My hitting coach, Mari McGuire has also helped me improved my performance in the batters box incredibly. My dad was also my catcher for years at all of my lessons and still catches for me sometimes today. He also taught me how to be a great teammate and a good person in general. Finally, all of my coaches at the Texas Travelers helped to bring me to the next level. They helped me to see the mental side of the game better. 

SESM: What’s the greatest obstacle you've had to overcome in your playing career? 

I think the biggest challenge has always been proving myself. I was never the biggest kid on the field and so I wasn’t always given the same opportunities as others were so I always had to work harder than some other players to continue to grow and reach the next level. I always had to make my own opportunities and when I was given one, I had to make it count. 

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning at the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why? 

I would definitely rather come back and win in the 7th inning. I think that getting that win feels just that much better when the other team thinks they have it won. The whole team is also a whole lot more excited. In the second round of playoffs this year, we came back and won in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off home run and it was the most fun game I think I’ve ever been a part of. 

SESM: How do you get ready for a game? 

Stretching is always the most important step in my warm-up. I’ve learned the hard way through injuries. I also like to watch the opposing team before if possible and listen to music to get pumped up. 

SESM: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball? 

I love to hang out with my friends and hunting, fishing, or anything outdoors. 

SESM: What do you like about training? 

I like the results I get afterwards. I wouldn’t be half the player I am today if I didn’t train so much. I also like the feeling of finally fixing a bad habit I’ve been working on. 

SESM: What do you dislike about training? 

I don’t really dislike it. I know that it’s making me better. It’s all part of being an athlete. 

SESM: Do you participate in any other sports, recreation or fitness activities? 

I like the adrenaline rush and the pressure. Big games are what I live for.  Doesn’t matter how good the other team is I want the challenge.

SESM: What’s your favorite softball memory? 

Making it to the 3rd round of High School playoffs this year. 

SESM: What motivated you to play softball? 

I loved watching my brother play and I wanted to try something new. 

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player? 

Cat Osterman. She inspires me to want to play college ball and maybe the olympics one day.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Kayleigh Smith the person?

I’m a very outgoing person. I love to joke around a lot. I’m very loud and not afraid to speak my mind. I don’t usually have much of a filter and when I get a job, I'll either want to be a coach or a physical therapist.  I'm very goofy and I love making new friends. 



BELLA BUTLER #57(5'5"/160lbs.), C/O2023, GPA: 3.0

LUTHER SCHOOLS, LUTHER, OKLAHOMA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? Where are you from? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest child?

I was born in Edmond, Oklahoma. I have always lived in Luther, which is about 14 East of Edmond. I have had a good life. I have 2 loving parents who support me and back me up in everything I do. I have 3 older brothers, from my dad's side. I am the only child from my mom and my dads' youngest and only girl.

SESM: How old were you when you started playing softball?

4 years old. My mom comes from a rodeo family, and my dad has always worked on cars at dirt track races. We spend a lot of time outside. I love animals!

SESM: Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become the player that you are?

My mom and dad have always helped me in whatever way I needed. My dad played baseball when he was younger. I am blessed with some really good personal coaches too. Michael Lynn has been my pitching coach for almost 5 years. He teaches a lot of spin on the ball, which I like and do pretty good. Steve Peters is my hitting coach. He played baseball at OU, and for the St Louis Cardinals. He breaks down things very simple and it works great for me. I have also been lucky to work with Shelby Pendley and Keilani Ricketts on some fundamentals.

SESM: How do you get ready for a game?

Stretching is very important for me to do. I have learned that the hard way. I like to get pumped up and hyped up with music. I like to create and be around positive energy people.

SESM: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

I like to hang out with friends. I like to help my dad work on our hot rods and rat rods in his shop. We are rebuilding a 67 Mustang for me to have. I play basketball for my school, and I also have played baseball for the last 2 years.

SESM: What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player you are today?

My parents have raised me to have a good work ethic. I don't give up and  I live by the motto "can't never can". My mom always tells me my heart and mind are my strongest muscles. I'm a very competitive person by nature.

SESM: Do you have any routines or superstitions before or in a game?

I always look at my bat when I'm up to hit, every time, before every pitch.

SESM: What is your favorite softball memory?

Last year while playing with a 16u team, I hit my first out of the park home run, which was a grand slam. I was awarded the 'Big Stick' (a little wooden bat) from the opposing team, which was pretty cool. I'm going to go to Colorado Sparkler & the PGF Championships in Huntington Beach this year, which I am super excited about.

SESM: What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?

I have been to Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky. It is fun for me, getting to play against teams I haven't faced before. I love seeing other areas and I just like to go! I like to travel and hope that, through softball, I can get to experience extensive travels.

SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season?

I don't think I would change anything. I'm in a good place and excited about my future with my team, Impact Gold Premier Sydney. I am thankful for where I am.

SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you?

I want to impact others. I'd like to be known as a hard worker, a good person, and someone who's fun. In our game, failure is a big part, so staying upbeat, encouraging, and staying loose are big helpers. I try to do all of those things for my teammates. Hopefully, I do.

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player?

Man, that is a hard one. I really love Shelby Pendley, and I admire Cat Osterman a lot.

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning in the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why?

Coming from behind and winning in the bottom of the 7th inning. It shows we never give up, we fight and push ourselves. Those wins are always sweeter for me.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. What are your educational goals/career goals? What do you want people to know about Bella Butler the person?

I love my family. I am very thankful for my mom, dad. My aunt Leyley and Uncle Mike always come and watch me when they can. I like to have fun. I'm a talker at school and I like to be a jokester. I have a big heart and will try to help anyone and animals. I want people to be kind to one another. I like watching YouTube and Netflix. I hope to go to Oklahoma State University, play softball, and study to be a criminal lawyer. I hope to one day play softball in the Olympics. I want people to know I'm a good person, I have a good heart,  I'm competitive, and I can be hardheaded.

BRIANNA GODFREY #24(5'3"/135LBS.), C/O2022, GPA: 4.0

CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER, DEERFIELD, FLORIDA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? Where are you from? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest child?

I grew up always around sports. My dad is a huge sports fan and he was the one who put me in softball. I started playing around the age of 8 and began pitching around 10. I’m from Deerfield Beach, a small town in Florida. I live right near the beach so I try and go there whenever I don’t have softball. I  have one younger brother and he plays baseball too.

SESM: How old were you when you started playing softball?

I started playing rec softball at the age of 8. I started playing travel ball at the age of 11. I have also been lucky enough to play on the varsity team for my school since 6th grade.

SESM: Is there anyone special, or any supporters in your life that is helping you become the player you know you can be?

Yes, the two people that are always there for me no matter what, my mom and dad. My dad is the one who will always go to the field with me, no matter what time of day it is. He's always pushing me to be the best I can. No matter how much we butt heads, I know that he only does it to make me a better player and person. My mom is the one who's always driving me around, taking me to practice, and there to listen whenever I need help with something. I've had many coaches throughout my life that have helped me become a better player. My old coach, Coach Kirby, has helped me a lot with the mental part of the game. She showed me how to be the best I can be, both on and off the field. She is the person I would call if I ever needed help with anything, no matter what the situation. My pitching coach, Coach Steff, is also a huge part of helping me become a better player. She has taught me so much with pitching. I probably wouldn’t be the player I am without her. My high school coach, Coach Mark, brought me onto the team as a 6th grader. He has taught me a lot about the game, especially the offensive part of the game. My current travel coach, Coach Trevor, has always been there too, no matter what. He always picks me up whenever I’m having an off game. The last person that is a huge part of my success is my strength and agility coach, Coach Wass. He has helped me get stronger and faster throughout the past year.

SESM: How do you get ready for a game?

I guess I'm a little superstitious. I always put my uniform on in a certain order. I have my hair braided the same way, and I wear the same ribbon every single game. I always listen to music that hypes me up before a game.

SESM: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

Being from South Florida and living so close to the beach, I love the ocean. We own a boat so whenever I'm not playing softball, we go fishing and diving. We go on the boat as much as we can. I like to travel with my family. One of my favorite things to do while traveling is trying all of the different foods.

SESM: What is your favorite softball memory?

I have so many amazing memories from softball it’s hard to pick just one. This year my high school team won states for the fifth year in a row, and it was extra special for me because I was the starting pitcher as a freshman. Travel softball allows me to go to so many states and cities. I have so many memories with my teammates that they have become like sisters to me!

SESM: Is there any significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #24)?

I’ve grown up around baseball my whole life and I try and mimic a lot of these professional baseball players. I took the #24 because of Ken Griffey Jr. He had one of the prettiest swings in baseball. I try to copy him because of it. My little brother also swings lefty and he wears the #24 as well.

SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season?

I honestly wouldn’t change anything this season. I set goals for myself before the season started. I started as the third string pitcher on a nationally ranked team and I accomplished my goal of becoming the starter. We finished this season as the #7 team in the nation. Every season, every game teaches me something new and makes me a better player.

SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you?

I would want them to say I was a good friend and teammate. I want to be remembered as someone that worked hard and was always working on being better. I also want to be remembered as that small girl that throws heat, hits, and plays with everything I have.

SESM: What motivated you to play softball?

I started with dance and hated it. I tried gymnastics and liked it, but I couldn’t see myself doing that in the future. With my dad being such a baseball guy, he put me out on the field and that’s when I fell in love with the game.

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player?

I have 3 favorite softball players. One is Aleshia Ocasio. She was an all-around good ball player. She played multiple positions in the field and pitched. I look up to her and hope to be a player like her in college. Another player is Sis Bates. She's one of the smoothest infielders I have ever seen play the game. She looks like a baseball player, and that’s something I look up to. The last one is Meghan King. She is a very good pitcher. I love watching her on the mound. She is one of the best pitchers that I have ever seen throw.

SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to in the NCAA?

I am not sure that there is anyone playing today who I am similar to, but I would say that I am probably most like Aleshia Ocasio. She graduated from the University of Florida a few years ago and I have always watched her as an athlete. She is one of the few ballplayers that could pitch, play multiple positions, and hit. She is a great all-around athlete.

SESM: What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?

Stereotypes. I am not your typical pitcher (tall). I'm constantly told I do not look like a pitcher and I must be a middle infielder. The truth is, I'm both and I play both very well! This alone has been what has driven my work ethic. I'm always pushing myself to be better, stronger and faster. I love nothing more than to step on the mound and prove those people wrong. I just turned 15 and I've hit 64 mph and can spin it.

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning in the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why?

I would rather win coming from behind in the bottom of the 7th inning, because it’s more exciting. There is nothing more exciting than winning a game with a walk-off hit or a walk-off home run.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Brianna Godfrey the person?

Off the field, I come off as a very shy person. As I get to know the people, I become more comfortable with them. I start to open up and act like myself. I love working out. I either run or go to the gym daily to stay in shape, and I do it because I enjoy it. School is a very important part of my life. I work my hardest to get good grades. I'm very close to my family and I love animals. As far as career goals, I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but I want to stay involved with sports in some way. I want people to know me as a hard worker and someone who's very nice and caring.

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KAILEE BAUTISTA #49(5'7"/150lbs.), c/o2022, GPA: 4.0

DR. JOHN HORN HIGH SCHOOL, MESQUITE, TEXAS

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest child?

I was born in Chicago. My parents are both immigrants from the Philippines. I have a seventeen year old brother who goes to the same school as I do, and a thirteen year old sister who plays travel ball. Our family moved to Dallas in 2004. I am raised Catholic and attend public school in Mesquite, Texas. In my early life, I was introduced to various sports such as ice skating, cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics. In school, I am a straight-A student.

SESM: How old were you when you started playing softball?

I stared tee ball with my brother when I was five, but I only played for one season. Then when I turned eight, I joined a rec team in my town. I started travel ball at the age of ten.​

SESM: Is there anyone special in your life that helped you become the player that you are?
My dad has helped me the most. My first travel team, Texas Travelers, helped me develop my skill and knowledge of the game. Brent Dozier has been my hitting coach for the past four years, and Cherri Naudin was my catching instructor for two months. She was my first catching instructor. Since then, I've been practicing on my own. My whole family especially my mom has been very supportive.

SESM: How do you get ready for a game?

On my way to the field, I usually listen to music and make sure I have a good meal. Also, right before each game starts, I say a quick prayer. I need to have a clear mind and a positive outlook.​

SESM: What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?​

This summer I signed up as a volunteer at the hospital in my area. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends.​

SESM: What do you like about training?
In the past two years, my family and I enrolled in a gym. We go there at least three times a week and do various exercises that help me improve and get stronger. I have to work on myself to become more productive on the field. Working on agility and core body functions is what I enjoy the most and I usually do a mile of cardio on the treadmill.

SESM: What do you dislike about training?

Getting my mindset endured the first thirty minutes is very difficult, but towards the end, I feel accomplished.​

SESM: Do you participate in any other sport, recreation, or fitness activities?
I play volleyball and basketball.

SESM: What do you most enjoy about softball?

My relationship with my teammates, and learning more about the game each time I step on the field. My connection with my coaches is also special. I just like to have fun with the game I love.​

SESM: What’s your favorite softball memory?
It was stage one of the USA Spring Challenge Series, held in College Station, Texas, in April of 2018. We were down 7-0 against the number one seeded team, the Texas Peppers. I started a rally with a grand slam in the fourth inning. We won the game, 8-7, off a two-run RBI double I hit to right field. It was rainy and cold that day, at least 38 degrees. I remember it very well because it was my birthday weekend.

SESM: What’s the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing career?

There were two seasons of just me riding the bench. I was a pinch runner most of the time. I had never gotten the opportunity to play and show my abilities. I never really got a chance to bat or play in the field, but it didn't discourage me. While watching my teammates play, I learned a lot from them mentally and physically.

SESM: What motivated you to play softball?
It's the love for the game. One of my previous coaches told me that softball was a game of failure. If you can't accept failure, you won't be successful. Softball pushes me to be the best I can be. Commitment and dedication are a big part of it. The game of softball will not only make me flourish on the field, but it will also teach me life long lessons that I can use in my personal life.

SESM: Who is your favorite softball player?
Sahvanna Jaquish. She's an LSU standout, an All-American, and a current member of the USA softball team.

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning in the top of the 7th inning or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 7th inning? Why?
I would rather end a home game by winning in the bottom of the 7th inning. The joy of a walk-off means a lot to a player, and to share that memory with everyone, especially the fans, is special.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. What are your  educational/career goals. What do you want people to know about Kailee Bautista the person?
I'm an outgoing extrovert who loves to laugh, sing and dance. I'm very friendly and approachable. I try to be a comedian at times. I get scared easily, especially when tornado sirens go off. I'm an outdoor person who doesn't like staying at home. In school, I like to lead. My goal is to play at the next level on a team that fits my aggressive style on defense. I want to be a nurse working in ER someday, and hopefully, play professional softball during the summer. I am a fun and chill person to be around who's also trustworthy. I want to be remembered as the person that always has a smile on her face and a very positive attitude about life.