Student athlete profile - Annie Mayer

Annie Mayer


How old were you when you started playing softball?

I was 9. I started playing softball because some of my friends did and my dad is a really big baseball fan and has always loved baseball. I started on multiple travel teams around the area.

What do you love most about the sport?

I just love the friendships that you make through softball and all the memories, whether that's in the dugout or at practices or at dinners.

What is most challenging part of playing left field?

As an outfielder, you're the last line of defense, so you really have to make sure you're really quick getting to the ball and you do everything you possibly can to keep it in front of you.

How have you improved since your freshman year?

Freshman year I actually caught on the varsity softball team to fill in when we needed one. I think it's just interesting to see how I've grown as a player through different positions. Mostly I think I've just gained a lot more confidence and leadership.

What is your goal for the playoffs?

My goal for the team is to keep improving every single day and just put our best effort into the playoffs. I really believe we have a good shot at making it far this year.

What are your plans for next year?

I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison which is my dream school, so I'm really excited. I hope to get involved in (softball in) some way, whether that is through club or recreational, but nothing is for sure yet.

Why does coach Brittany Zust like having Mayer on the team?

Annie made the varsity team as a freshman. Annie made it clear right away she would do anything to help the team. She took the constructive criticism day after day trying to get better because she knew it would not only benefit her own game but the game of her teammates. Now fast forward to her senior year and I cannot tell you the amount of times she has put the team first. Annie is not only a great teammate but a great kid to coach. I would be lying if I said we were not going to miss the heck out of her next year. She is just an all-around great person.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo

by Jim Slonoff