WILLCOX — Daniella Pando, a senior softball player, took some time to answer some questions for the Arizona Range News on her softball career.
Q: How old were you when you started playing softball?
A: I joined T-ball at four years old, then transitioned to softball after that. This is the sport that I have been playing the longest.
Q: How do you get ready for a game?
A: The day before and of the game, I make sure that I hydrate and eat good healthy meals. During pre-game, we like to blast music, and I focus on technique and what I want to accomplish in the game. We also all gather around to have a moment of silence before taking the field, and this is where my teammates and I are free to pray or just focus on getting our mindset right.
Q: What is it like hitting a home run?
A: When I go up to bat, getting a base hit is always the goal. Home runs are more like happy accidents. But the way you feel about adding to the team score on your own is indescribable. That moment of pride for yourself and your team is huge and will be one of the things I will miss about this game.
Q: What is the best thing about being a catcher?
A: I was trained at third base, but when our only catcher in middle school got hurt, I stepped in. I started catching in seventh grade and fell in love with it. The best thing about being a catcher is the voice and leader of the team. This position has allowed me to expand on my leadership and communication skills, which will help me even beyond softball.
Q: What athlete do you look up to?
A: I have always looked up to Jennie Finch. I remember watching her in the 2008 Olympics, which ultimately influenced me to play softball. Another player that I have been inspired by is Taylor McQuillin. She was born with the condition that left her blind in one eye. Her dedication to overcoming adversity has inspired me to do the same in every aspect of life