Delaware Sports Blitz is about to get wild as in Wildcat Wednesdays, as we feature student-athletes from Wilmington University every Wednesday.
Our last Wildcat feature comes from baseball’s sophomore catcher Mitchell Leslie.
Leslie helped lead the Wildcats to their eighth CACC Championship last season as he had a .429 batting average,.484 on-base percentage,.464 slugging percentage, five runs,12 hits, one double and three RBIs in 21 games.
Leslie talks about everything from how he started to play sports and why he chose to play at Wilmington.
Check out it below!
How did you start playing sports?
“I started playing sports when my parents noticed that I would pick up things and throw them around the house. After that, they decided to put me into tee-ball.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“Some adjustments that I had to make were how fast the game was played. In high school, everything felt as if it was in slow motion, but in college if you are not in the game mentally, you can miss something.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the offseason for your sport?
“I try to go to the gym as much as possible, and when I don’t have class I try I go hit off of the tee.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“Something that I continue to use that a former coach told me about is to try and hit everything to shortstop.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“A typical day is waking up, eating, getting packed, traveling to a game or setting up our field for the game and then going home.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“My greatest strength is hitting.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“Some highlights of my career are winning a state championship in high school, earning First Team All-Conference, and committing to Wilmington.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“The best part about playing on a team is building friendships that can last forever.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“The way I stay motivated is by looking at the bigger picture of what I am trying to accomplish.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
“My biggest challenge was finding the right school to go to, and I overcame that by finding Wilmington.”
Why did you choose to play at Wilmington University?
“I chose to play at WilmU because I liked how they treated you here. Also, I felt like the school was the right fit for me.”