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Delaware Sports Blitz is excited to announce that every Thursday we will feature interviews from the student-athletes from Delaware Technical Community College.
The next student-athlete interview comes from Delaware Tech’s softball team which is the first baseman, Sydney Tyndall.
In the shortened season of 2020, Tyndall had a .533 batting average, three runs, eight hits, three doubles, one triple and nine RBIs in four games.
Tyndall talks about everything from what is the best part of playing first base and what her greatest strength is on the field.
Check out it below!
How did you start playing sports?
“I’ve played sports my whole life and have always been around sports because my siblings played sports. I wanted to play softball as soon as I could.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“I had to learn to play with different people that I had never really met. I also had to learn how to balance the academic load with my athletic participation.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the offseason for your sport?
“I play softball with other teams in the offseason to stay around the game.”
What is the best part of playing your particular position?
“Playing first base, my teammates rely on me to be there for them on defense. They expect me to save them if they have a bad throw and they hold me accountable to help make plays.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“I learned about the internal clock that athletes have. Players make a decision for every play based on the internal clock that you have.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“I wake up, go to class, study until practice, go to practice, eat, and then study more. ”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“My biggest strength is being a team player. I like being there for my teammates and being able to help pick them up and support them on and off the field.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and how do you work on to improve it?
“I think I can be my own biggest enemy. If I make a mistake, I can get down on myself quickly. Mistakes are going to happen, but I put in practice to be able to cut down on mistakes.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“I was named first-team all-conference my senior year of high school and second-team all-region my first year playing for Delaware Tech.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“My teammates – meeting new people, growing together, and motivating each other. Your teammates will pick you up when you’re down and you can do the same for them.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“I don’t like losing, so I try to be the best I can be at my position. Being part of a team helps to motivate you throughout the course of a season.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
“Overcoming politics related to sports was a challenge for me and I had to make a name for myself and work my way into a team.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“Playing a sport provides structure and allows me to show that I could work for things that could be perceived as out of reach..”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I would like my teammates and coaches to be remembered as hard-working, laid back, fun-loving, and supportive.”
Why did you choose to play at Delaware Tech?
“Delaware Tech is close to my home and family and it gave me an opportunity to pursue the career that I wanted. The financial aspect of attending Delaware Tech played a big part in my decision as well.”