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Delaware Technical Community College student-athletes interviews are back! Every Thursday, Delaware Sports Blitz will feature interviews with the student-athletes from the Community College.
The next student-athlete interview comes from Delaware Tech’s softball team, which is pitcher/shortstop Carly Collins.
Collins talks about everything from making her way back from breaking her wrist and what her greatest strength is on the field.
Check out it below!
How did you start playing sports?
“I started T-ball when I was four years old and continued to play Little League until I aged out. I fell in love with the game instantly. I also played middle school ball and high school ball. I began travel ball when I was ten and played until I aged out, which was this past fall.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“A big jump for me was figuring out how to manage my schoolwork load with softball. I now have double the amount of work than I had in high school. Also, it was a big change from playing with girls that I grew up with in high school ball to playing with all new girls in college.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the offseason for your sport?
“I keep myself in shape by running any chance I get and following workout videos mainly based on cardio and core.”
What is the best part of playing your particular position?
“I really enjoy being a pitcher and shortstop because there is always action. Pitching has always been my go-to position, and I began pitching lessons at the age of 8. I occasionally play outfield too, which is fun because it is a change of pace.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“Former coaches and current coaches have taught me to believe in myself, and that confidence is the key to success.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“Wake up, eat breakfast, do schoolwork, go to practice, eat dinner, do more schoolwork, and hang out with friends if I have time.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“I feel like my greatest strength is being a utility player. I enjoy playing each position coach puts me at, and I give it my all every play.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and how do you work on to improve it?
“I think my weakness is my mind. If I make a mistake or swing at a bad pitch, I get down on myself. However, recently I have gotten a lot better at brushing it off with the help of my coaches and teammates. Softball requires just as much mental ability as physical ability.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“I was chosen to play in the tri-state softball games, which is when players are picked from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to play in a tournament. You did not know what team you were on or who your coach would be until you got there. I was mixed in with girls from all over Delmarva that I did not know, which was a cool experience.
I also got 2nd team all-conference in offense for field hockey in high school.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“I would have to say the friendships you make. There are many people on my current team that are from different high schools. I never would have become close to them if it were not for softball.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“I stay motivated because I know that a huge goal that the team has is making it to the national championship at the end of the season. If we have a bad game, it is important to pick each other up and work hard the next day at practice.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge I have faced is when I broke my wrist. I broke my wrist on my glove hand, which I thought was better than my throwing hand. However, I was in a full arm cast for eight weeks, so I lost a lot of strength in my arm. It was scary catching a ball the first few weeks back because my wrist would go out occasionally. I overcame it by doing quite a few wrist exercises to build my strength back up faster. Eventually, I was back to 100% and was able to play to my full potential.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“Playing a sport in college has helped my procrastination and allowed me to stay motivated. With practices five days a week, along with games through the week and weekends, I know I have to work on my schoolwork in the morning and make time to do it later at night. Since softball takes up a lot of time, I know that as soon as I get home, it is time for homework.”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I would like to be remembered as the girl who gave it 110% every time she stepped foot on the field.”
Why did you choose to play at Delaware Tech?
“I chose Delaware Tech because it is close to home, and they have a very competitive softball program. Also, COVID was a big factor in my decision and made me realize that it was best to play softball and continue my academics close to home.”
What was your experience like throughout 2020 and what does it mean for you to play competitive sports again?
“2020 was hard for me considering I lost the final months of my senior year of high school. It was heartbreaking that I could not play my senior year of softball due to COVID. Our team was looking good, and it was definitely going to be a successful season. It took me a while to accept the fact that I would never experience my senior season. My life has revolved around softball, and when it was all stripped away, it was devastating. I am so thankful that I am now able to play softball again and make up for the lost time.”