YOUR BEST FIT
Lindsay first caught our attention at the beginning of last year when a picture surfaced of her hitting a home run and taking Pride Warpaint along for the victory lap.
The inspiration of We Are Warpaint has always been rooted in the spirit of the competitor. Lindsay is an instrumental layer in defining the face of We Are Warpaint, because the impact she's making on the sport of softball is one of grace, grit and necessity. It's imperative to set goals and then work hard to achieve them. But, it's equally important to understand the motivation behind those goals to make sure that the direction you're headed is the right fit for you.
Lindsay was nominated as June's Warrior Spotlight because of her solid character in the classroom, on the field and with the relationships in her life. There are so many choices to make as a young athlete starts to show promise for a collegiate career and too often the path of Division I athletics is viewed as the only option. It's important to note that Division I athletics is not THE way to a successful college career, it's A way to a successful college career. The athletes that understand this basic fact make more informed decisions of what programs best suit their abilities, their learning style and their comfort. It's THOSE athletes that lead and accomplish successful college careers because they looked at the options in front of them and chose the best fit for them and not for anyone else.
Lindsay understood these factors as she decided on a future path for her eduction and her softball career. Lindsay's sacrifice, effort and development will not be any less than any other athlete as these opportunities of growth are proportionate to the experience. We Are Warpaint could not be more proud than to highlight such an exemplary individual and we would like to wish Lindsay nothing but the best as she is sure to make an impact with her 2016 Coyote teammates in the fall.
WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT: YOUR BEST FIT
WP: What do you love most about softball?
LM: There are so many different aspects to softball that I love. I love hitting, being able to play multiple positions, which are pitching and outfield. I also love being able to play with a great group of girls who are like a second family to me. Softball brings a lot to your life beyond just the love of the game.
WP: You’re a RHP, what is the hardest and most rewarding aspect of pitching?
LM: As a RHP, there are some tough times and also very rewarding moments. To me, striking someone out with a low count is very rewarding or just producing ground balls for my infield and knowing that they will get the out. I am not a power pitcher, so my job is to get ground balls, which I usually do. I have a lot of movement on my ball which helps me a lot.
WP: What person(s) have impacted your softball career and why?
LM: One person that has impacted my softball career is my hitting coach, Lacey Smale. Lacey has been my hitting coach for many years now and has helped me get to where I am today. She isn’t just a great hitting instructor; she talks to me about the mental side of the game and is someone I can rely on for guidance in my life. She’s always there to help. Lacey played college softball at Santa Clara University and has had great success in her life.
WP: What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
LM: There aren’t many things that people don’t know about me. I am a very outgoing person and am always expressing myself. However, one thing most people wouldn’t know about me is that I used to be an Irish dancer for about three years. I use to compete competitively. I gave up dancing to focus on softball. I don’t seem like the dancing type because I pretty much have two left feet. My dad always jokes about how they should’ve named me Grace.
WP: What is your favorite quote?
LM: My favorite quote is “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”
WP: You signed a letter of intent with Kansas Wesleyan University (congratulations!) how did you decide that the Coyotes were the right school for you?
LM: In August of 2014, I signed my letter of intent with Kansas Wesleyan University. This was one of the most exciting moments in my life. Kansas Wesleyan was the perfect school for me whether it came to academics or softball. It was small, had a beautiful campus, great coach, amazing softball team, and a safe and nice surrounding city of Salina.
WP: What song or artist are you currently listening to?
LM: There are many different artists that I’m listening too. My favorite song right now is Dear Future Husband by Megan Trainor. A few other artists that I like are Luke Bryan, David Guetta, Ariana Grande, Nicki Manaj, and Sam Smith.
WP: When you’re not playing softball, what do you like to do?
LM: Outside of softball there are many things that I love to do in my free time. I love to swim, go to the beach, hangout with my friends, go shopping, and get my nails done.
WP: If you could give one piece of advice to a young softball player just starting the recruiting process, what would it be?
LM: If I could give a young softball player recruiting advice, I would say to start the process as soon as you can. It doesn’t hurt to start sending emails to college coaches at an early age. The earlier they notice you, the better.
WP: If you could design the next Warpaint color, what would it be?
LM: If I could design the next Warpaint color I would do a sparkly pink. Pink is my favorite color and a little sparkle never hurts!