Name: Taylor Cartwright
Position: Third baseman
Senior third baseman Taylor Cartwright is second on the Panthers in batting average, .353, first on the team in doubles, six, and fifth in RBIs, with 13. Cartwirght knocked in 26 RBIs in 2014, which was good enough for ninth in the conference.
1) How old were you when you started playing softball and why did you start?
I started playing softball when I was 8 years old because I saw some older girls playing and I asked my mom and dad if I could join. I always played soccer and I was pretty good at that, but once I started playing softball I knew that softball was the sport for me.
2) What motivates you to play your hardest?
I think what motivates me to play the hardest is that I really want to do well for my team. This year, I had a little extra motivation to perform well because my teammate Sarah (Taketa) plays third too, and her athletic skill has pushed me to be the best player I can be in order to keep my position. I also try to do well to make my parents and my grandparents proud.
3) What is your favorite aspect of playing softball?
It’s hard for me to pick out one of my favorite aspects of softball, but I would have to say the intensity. I really like to be in clutch situ- ations where I can come through to help my team. I like to try to thrive under pressure.
4) Do you have any pregame rituals?
I’ve always been kind of superstitious; so I wouldn’t call it a ritual but I always try to do the same things before each game. I try to go to stations in the same order, hit with Karina (Muniz) and throw with Amber (Perez). It’s more superstition than anything.
5) What is your favorite part of being a member of softball at Chapman?
My favorite part about being a member of Chapman softball is my team. Honestly I never thought that I would be so close with so many people and even those that I’ve played with just this year I still feel really close to them. When you have to spend every day with 23 girls it’s a lot better if you are actually friends.
6) What is a hobby of yours aside from softball?
When I’m not playing softball I like to do a lot of random things. I like to snowboard, wakeboard and ride bikes. Also this year, a hilarious hobby of mine has been scaring my teammate (and roommate) Kelsea (Eakin) and capturing it on Snapchat. It’s pretty mean. I hide in her closet and jump out, or just come in from another room.
7) Do you have a favorite moment or memory from being on Chapman’s softball team?
My favorite moment as a part of the Chapman softball team was last year when we were playing in Arizona and we were losing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh against a team that we should have been beating. There was a runner on first and I had a 3-2 count and I ended up hitting a walk-off home run.
8) Do you have a favorite moment or memory from being on Chapman’s softball team?
In the future I would really like to play slow-pitch softball and maybe even coach. I would really like to help other girls find the passion for softball that I have.