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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 third baseman Macy Myers.
Myers talks about everything from overcoming a serious knee injury and what is the best part of playing third base.
How did you start playing sports?
“I started playing sports through my dad. When I was younger, he put a bat in my hands, and ever since then it’s, all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“I had to make a lot of adjustments coming from high school to college and a big reason for that was COVID. Since my senior season was cancelled, I really wasn’t playing much softball as the world basically shut down. I had to work hard when I got the opportunity to play again to make sure I played to the best of my ability when arriving at the college level.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the offseason for your sport?
“I keep myself in shape by working out consistently to ensure that I remain in shape to be ready for the season.”
What is the best part of playing your particular position?
“Third base is so much fun to me. I love all of the hard-hit balls I get, and just having no time to react most of the time is exciting. It definitely always keeps me on my toes.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“All of my coaches have taught me to always have confidence in myself. They have always been there to pick me back up when I am down, and because of that I am now more confident in myself on and off the field.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“A typical day would be me going to work from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the days I practice, which is pretty much every day, then getting changed and going straight to school and coming home and doing any homework that I have.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“I feel as if my greatest strength is my dedication. No matter what I do, I am always putting everything I have into it.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and how do you work on to improve it?
“I feel my biggest weakness is that I am way too hard on myself. How I work on that is I just try to move on from whatever is bringing me down and not worrying about the past.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“A highlight from my athletic career was winning the 2017 Delaware State Championship with my high school Milford. That year was so much fun, and we shocked the whole state.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“The best part of playing on a team is the friendships you make. Every day we are pushing each other to be better, and some of the best friends I could ask for have come from being teammates. I am very thankful to have played on the teams I have and even more thankful to be playing here.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“Staying motivated during the lows of a season is very difficult, but I always try to remember that I am here for a reason. Softball is a sport of failure, and it gets emotional sometimes, but I know good things will come if I keep pushing through and working hard. During the highs, there is no better feeling, and staying motivated is easy because I know there is always room for improvement, and each day I put in the work the more success will come.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge I have faced would have to be my knee injury. I dislocated my knee years ago, and still to this day, I have problems with it. I overcame it by doing everything I needed to do to get back on the field, whether it was doing stretches at home or attending physical therapy. I knew it would all be worth it, and I am now playing college softball.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“It definitely keeps me on top of my schoolwork. Knowing I need certain grades to be eligible to play helps give me the motivation and dedication to keep up on everything.”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I would like to be remembered as an uplifting teammate and a hard worker. Every day that I show up to practice, and games that is the player and teammate that I try to be.”
Why did you choose to play at Delaware Tech?
“I chose to play at Delaware Tech because of the variety of academics provided as well as the all-around environment here. I knew how much fun I would have playing the sport I love while also getting a great education.”
What was your experience like throughout 2020 and what does it mean for you to play competitive sports again?
“My experience through 2020 was very difficult. From losing my senior year all around and losing my season was very hard. But now that I am able to play college softball is so exciting, and I am very thankful.”