I recently conducted an interview with Chickasha Senior Lynnsie Elam. She will be heading to the University of Oklahoma, where she will continue playing softball.
Q: What is your favorite memory while playing softball?
A: “My favorite memories throughout my softball career would have to be my mom coaching me my whole life until she passed away.”
Q: What is the best advice you were ever given? And by who?
A: “The best advice I have gotten was from my mom! She would always tell me to never let anything affect my game. This means don’t let umpires, fans, teammates, opponents, parents, etc. affect how I play. This not only applies to softball but I apply this to my every day life! She always taught me things on the field that also applied to life!”
Q: What are some of the reasons you chose the Sooners?
A: “Well I grew up loving OU. I knew from the very beginning that I would do everything I could to be able to play for OU when I went to college. The first time I stepped on campus and went to an OU softball camp I knew that’s where I wanted to go. The coaches are great! They focus on God and family and I loved that! I love everything that The University of Oklahoma offers and that is why I picked to go there!”
Q: Growing up who did you admire the most? Why?
A: “I love Lisa Fernandez because of the fight she had on the field. She was a pitcher and you could never count her out of a game. She was very competitive on the field and I loved that! The other two people I admired were Lindsey Vandever and Megan Willis. I loved watching both of them play because they were great catchers and great leaders on the field!”
Q: What is your routine before a game?
A: “I’m very superstitious so I always put my uniform on in the same order every time. I always wear my sweatband which has MT 19 JT on it. I wear this because a son and a father that my family was really good friends with passed away in a car accident when I was 8 and I have worn a sweatband with that on it ever since! As for on the field I do the same things before playing catch each game and I also do the same things before hitting each time.”
Q: How do you want your teammates to remember you?
A: “I hope that my teammates remember me as a leader. I want them to think of me as an example for them to follow and I hope that I will always be a good example for them. I hope they think of me as someone who always had a smile on my face and someone who absolutely loved the game of softball.”
Q: Explain your teammates and coaches here at Chickasha.
A: “My teammates were great all four years! My freshman year coming in they really took me in and made me feel comfortable. I love each and every one of them and I will always remember the memories I have with them! My coaches taught me many things throughout my four years. Coach Furr made a huge impact in my life and was always there for me personally along with being there for me in softball. I was very blessed with great coaches and great assistant coaches!”
Q: What part of softball comes easiest to you?
A: “I feel like catching is my second nature! I still do lessons and work on mechanics every week but I feel like I know catching like the back of my hand! On the other hand hitting is an every day battle that I have to conquer every single day.”