LiAnna Overman will be a seventh grader at Goshen Middle School.
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Natalie Newell is a junior softball pitcher at Bethel College. Today the Write on Sports camp interviewed her here at the Newcomer Center at Goshen College.
Newell has basic routines for every part of softball. Before a game, before she even steps onto the mound, she gets quiet and thinks about how the game might be.
Newell says she is superstitious, which means she thinks that everything has to be exactly the same every time otherwise the results will be different. Every time she pitches she circles the mound, pivots on her right foot, and then she throws the ball.
Newell practices during the school year and during the summer. During the school year, she routinely practices every day. During the summer, she practices only two or three times a week.
These little routines are what makes Newell a successful pitcher at Bethel. These are the little things that can have big effects.
How would you describe perfection? Perfection is something you have to work for. The Silver Hawks worked hard enough to reach perfection. Write on Sports camp went to one of their games against the Cougars. Not everything was perfect, but it was still a great game.
One perfection was how the batters didn’t always swing at the ball. They waited for the perfect opportunity to swing and hit the ball. Not every strike is made from swinging and missing the ball. But it’s certainly better than swinging and missing three times in a row.
The second perfection was the outfielders. It’s truly amazing how perfectly they could catch a ball. They catch the ball with incredible accuracy.
The third perfection was the pitcher’s throws. Some of them were really fast. Some of them may have curved. It takes a lot of practice to be able to control the ball so easily.
In the end, the Silver Hawks won 7-2. But that wasn’t the most important thing about the game. They’re still in the minor league. But if they work hard enough, they have a chance at making it to the major league.
Justin Gillette is a marathon runner. Today we interviewed him here at the Newcomer Center at the Goshen College. So now we know a little bit about him and his career.
Justin originally wanted to go to Bethel College, but his coach said that he wouldn’t and couldn’t excel at Bethel. So Justin came to Goshen College instead.
While going to Goshen, Justin’s skills were acknowledged when he won four races against the Bethel runners He said, “But I still wanted to go to Bethel.”
Justin explained his perspective of the improvement process. He explains how in the beginning of the process your improvement rating increases greatly. But after working for a few years, your improvement rating will start to even out. But he said, “I still improved a lot!”