“I have the fever for softball and it’s really fun to play.”
-Lili

Q: What team do you play for?
A: Newberg Tigers and Canby Wildcats

Q: What position do you play?
A: Pitcher, and infield and outfield positions. Pitcher and second are my favorite.

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Q: Why is that?
A: They are really fun to play and you get a lot of action there.

Q: When did you start playing softball?
A: When I was in first grade. I really wanted to play and my parents really supported me and got me into it.

Q: What do you love most about softball?
A: Umm, I don’t know. I think it’s like…I have the fever for softball and it’s really fun to play. And I don’t know. Certain people like certain sports, and I like softball. (Laughs)

Q: What hobbies do you enjoy outside of softball?
A: I play basketball and volleyball too, but softball is my main sport. I also play the alto saxophone. I’ve played the saxophone since last year.

Q: Is it hard to balance music and all of your sports?
A: Umm, not really. In school I have my instrument, and outside of school is when I play my sports.

Q: I f you had to choose between playing the saxophone or softball, what would you choose?
A: Softball. (Laughs)

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Q: What is your favorite softball moment?
A: A couple of times people have hit line drives to me when I was pitching, and I caught it and everyone was like, “AHHHHH!” (Laughs). I was also in 10u and a ball hit me and knocked my face mask off and then hit me in the shoulder, and they asked me if I wanted to stop and take a break, but I kept going.

Q: Wow, you’re tough! So, what has been the hardest thing you had to overcome while playing softball?
A: I broke my wrist at the end of a softball season, and I was a pitcher, so I had to sort of restart from the beginning. I had to have a lot of patience and it was frustrating because I really wanted to play softball. But I still supported my team and everything.

Q: Do you think your team spirit got amped up because you couldn’t play?
A: Umm, yeah because I found out how much I love softball and that I really do have the fever.

Q: That’s awesome! Do you have any weird habits or superstitions?
A: No, not really. Like I have a routine when I get up to bat or like when I am on the field, I mark my spot. (Laughs)

Q: Does that keep the mojo going for you?
A: I guess so! (Laughs)

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Q: How do you prepare for a game?
A: I listen to music, it kind of gets me pumped up and wakes me up. Then I think about what I am going to be doing and how to play hard every game.

Q: What type of music do you listen to? Do you have a go-to song?
A: Not really, just fast, upbeat songs.

Q: Who do you look up to and gives you inspiration?
A: My mom. She really like supports me and helps me. She helps me practice and she gives me lessons.

Q: Do you think she has helped you be the ball player you are today?
A: Definitely, I probably wouldn’t like the sport as much if I didn’t have her.

Q: What are your goals and dreams?
A: I want to be a professional softball player and I really want to play for the USA team, really bad.

fence2Q: I hear it may be coming back for the Olympics!
A: Yeah! I was so mad that softball couldn’t be in the Olympics! I was like.”Ughh!” (Laughs)

Q: Me too! Would you be a pitcher for Team USA?
A: I think so, and I really want to field and bat too. But I’m a pitcher. So I am trying to work as hard as I can to still play those positions, too.

Q: What are three things you couldn’t live without?
A: Softball, without it I would be lost, ya know? My mom, helping me through that, and my supporting softball members.

Q: If you could binge watch Netflix or Youtube?
A: Netflix, not sure why. I don’t really have a favorite show. I just like it better.

Q: What animal would you be and why?
A: Zebra, its like my favorite animal..my spirit animal (Laughs).

Q: What would your superpower and superhero name be?
A: I think invisibility would be awesome. Invisible when I would want to be.

Q: That would be really great for stealing bases!
A: (Laughs) Aww yeah!

 

Q: What is your go-to snack at tournaments?
A: Gatorade! Strawberry Watermelon..its sooo good! I drank it today and it gave me energy (Laughs).

Q: Last question, why do you choose to wear Ringor?
A: I like them because I would always drag when I would be pitching and rip a hole in my cleats and we would have to half way through the season go and buy new cleats. But Ringor cleats, they help me slide, they help me pitching. The way they are formed, they give me a good push off and don’t stick or hook on the mound.

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