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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 student-athlete we are featuring this week comes from Delaware Tech’s softball team, which is Carlin Quinn.
Quinn talks about everything from how she is having fun playing softball again, and why keeping her cool is one of her greatest strengths.
Check it out below!
How did you start playing sports?
“I started playing sports because of my family, my parents played baseball and softball and slow-pitch softball, and my older brother played baseball.”
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump from high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
“I had to make a few adjustments to my game now that I am in college. I had to allow myself to have fun and not be so hard on myself when I am playing. I can be my own worst enemy on the field, and in order to play my game and play well I have to let things roll off my back.”
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the off-season for your sport?
“I keep in shape out of season by working out and running as well as asking my dad to pitch to me, hit me ground balls, and throw me short hops.”
What is the best part of playing your particular position?
“The best part of being a shortstop is that I get the ball in my hands often. I also get to be a sort of leader in the infield and have to be the loudest.”
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
“My parents were my coaches for a very long time, and one thing my dad has always preached is that the most important play or pitch is the next one. Softball is a sport of failure, but it’s how you react to that failure that sets you apart from others – this has always been something that I think about when I play.”
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
“A typical day for me in season consists of waking up fairly early, making a healthy breakfast and a smoothie. Then, watching softball highlights, going to class if I have it on that day, going to practice, hitting with my dad at least once a week outside of practice or working out, and then doing homework.”
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
“My greatest strength is probably my ability to keep my cool and let things go. What happens in one inning stays there and does not affect the next one. Nobody is perfect, mistakes happen, but I know I can’t turn one mistake into multiple by getting mad at myself.”
What do you feel you are weakest at and what do you work on to improve it?
“My weakness right now is probably the strength of my throwing arm. I took a year off from softball, and my arm is not as strong as it used to be and gets sore very quickly. I have been doing strength drills to get it back, and it has slowly been getting back to full capacity.”
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
“Some of the highlights of my athletic career would be the offers I had from multiple schools to play softball. I was also MVP of my high school team, Cape Henlopen, during my junior year. I also played in the USSSA World Series with the Swoop in 2020 and won. But my most memorable highlight was my sophomore year of high school. My team had broken a multiple yearlong winning streak against Bishop O’Connell, and their starting pitcher was Kathryn Sandercock, who is now the first-string pitcher for Florida State.”
What is the best part of playing on a team?
“The best part of playing on a team is the friendships you get out of it, no matter where you go, those people will always have a mark on your life.”
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
“I stay motivated by just going out on the field and doing my best. Sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader to get through tough times.”
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge I faced was me. I was always so hard on myself and picked at all the small little things I was doing wrong instead of just playing and having fun. This made me hate softball for a very long time. It got so bad, that I ended up quitting entirely. I left USC Aiken, a Division II school, and came home to just get my degree and move on with my life. But (Delaware Tech Head Coach Guy Wilkins) gave me a second chance to play again, and I’m slowly starting to find my love for the game again. It took me having to tell myself that I am at my best when I just have fun and don’t nitpick to really enjoy the feeling of playing again.”
In what ways, does playing a sport, help you with your studies?
“It keeps me on top of my work because I know if I want to play, my grades have to be good, and it also helps me manage my time. When I have too much time, I tend to get lost, and my days run together, so with softball, my head is screwed on straight.”
How would you like to be remembered by your teammates and coaches?
“I would want to be remembered as the teammate who is always smiling and having fun and there to pick others up when they aren’t feeling their best. I want to be remembered as someone who works hard and always gives 110% even if they don’t have it in them.”
Why did you choose to play at Delaware Tech?
“I chose to play at Delaware Tech because I thought it would give me the opportunity to enjoy my last few years of softball, something I didn’t think would ever be possible. Coach Guy offered me a spot when he found out I was home for good from my previous college, and after a few months of deliberation, I said yes. He told me softball was fun at Delaware Tech, and he was right, and I am happy to be playing again.”
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