Meet your Islanders: Softball's Bethany Slick
Freshman pitcher Bethany Slick is one of 10 newcomers on the 2011-12 Islanders softball team. The California native recorded a .439 batting average while striking out 238 batters her junior year. Slick was named all-league and earned a spot on the Californian All-Valley team in 2008-09 while helping her team advance to the semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). Additionally, she earned all-league MVP honors as well as first team honors and helped her team win the 2010 league championship. Slick was also a part of a 2010 CIF qualifier.
Slick is next up in the "Meet Your Islanders" features for GoIslanders.com, a unique way to get to truly know your Islander athletes. Media Relations Intern Amy Carrizales conducts the weekly in-depth feature on Islanders athletes that help them connect with their fans.
Amy Carrizales: What was the biggest influence on your decision to play softball for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi?
Bethany Slick: My biggest influence was the team. All of the girls were very welcoming and very nice. When I came out for my visit last year, they had chemistry and to me that is a really important part of a good, solid team.
AC: What is your favorite thing about Coach Hughes?
BS: Coach Hughes is a coach, but she also cares. You don't have to play scared for her. You can make a mistake and she will correct it. It is important to play for a coach who you can make mistakes for and it's going to be okay.
AC: If you had a million dollars and could do or buy anything with it, what are the first three things on your list?
BS: A beach house, a house for my mom near me and my dream car.
AC: Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?
BS: Besides eating Thanksgiving dinner together as a family, one small tradition we have is my younger cousins and I take pictures together in different spots and give them to my grandparents. My grandparents always enjoy this year after year.
AC: What are you most looking forward to in the 2012 softball season?
BS: I am really looking forward to us winning conference again this year. I would love a ring on my finger. We really want that ring and for the seniors it would be awesome for them to get a second ring.
AC: Who has been a major impact on your life?
BS: My mother, she has taught me how to be strong and independent. She has always told me to go after what I want, but to go about it the right way.
AC: If you could spend the day with any professional/non-professional softball player who would it be?
BS: Jennie Finch, she is a really good softball player and I think she would give great advice.
AC: What is the best piece of advice any coach has ever given you, softball-wise?
BS: My pitching coach, " To get ahead, stay ahead, and play with your head." In pitching terms it means to get the first strike, get the second strike and then keep them guessing.
AC: What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
BS: All of my family comes together. It's nice to see everyone, especially this year since I haven't seen my family since August.
AC: What is the most important aspect of a team, in order to get where you need to be?
BS: In my opinion chemistry is key. You can have the most talented team and without chemistry they aren't going to get anywhere. If you have a team with less talent and more chemistry they will get further.
AC: What is one interesting story of your life?
BS: It was my senior year, we were in quarterfinals, and it was one of the most intense games of our lives. We were in the 8th inning, it was tied and bases were loaded. With two outs, bases loaded and full count I struck the batter out. It was a big relief and one of my greatest softball accomplishments.
AC: What is one thing about you that most people don't know?
BS: I am too nice; some people take advantage of it. People also say I look like Taylor Swift.
Song: Lessons Learned by Carrie underwood
Food: steak and shrimp
Quote: One that I live by is to " Never get complacent where you are in life." For instance, if you think you are doing well in softball and think you can slack off, you are going to fail. If you don't get complacent, you will stay on top every time.