Glenelg senior pitcher Amanda Segrist has been a mainstay with the Gladiators’ softball program. She helped power Glenelg to a 2A South Regional title and state final four appearance last season.
With the departure of several seniors, Segrist will be counted on to lead this year’s team.
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VSN: How did you get started playing softball? How old were you?
I started playing softball at the age of 7 and I really liked it, so I stuck with it.
VSN: What has been your favorite memory as a softball player?
I was on a team two years ago that won eight straight games at Nationals. We ended up finishing in seconnd place. It was extremely exciting and something I will never forget.
VSN: Glenelg had a great season last year, how are the returners preparing to top last year’s State semifinalist team?
We lost two of our very important players to graduation last year, one being Casey Schmidt, Howard County Player of the Year. This year we have a lot of new young talent that plan to make an immediate impact. Our starting lineup consists of two freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors. So we have a young team but have high expectations for this season.
VSN: You are about to sign a National Letter of Intent to play softball in college, which school did you choose and why?
I chose Indiana University of Pennsylvania because I like the size and location of the school. I wanted to play Division II softball and IUP had that to offer.
VSN: Where there are other programs that you considered?
The other programs that I was considering were Shepherd University, Iona College, and the University of Delaware.
VSN: How do you prepare for a game? Any superstitions or routines that you follow?
I prepare for a game by talking to my teammates and making sure we are ready for the game from the start. A superstition I have is I always have to wear a sparkly headband when I play.
VSN: What are some of your hobbies outside of softball?
Hanging out with my friends, and listening to music.
VSN: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I do not get brain freezes.