Rising senior Myranda Bueno was striking.468 through 12 video games last season when, in the first game of a tournament in Houston, she took a pitch to the face. The injury left her recuperating for a month, kept back from a lineup she had started in considering that her freshman year. Which wasn’t her only challenge– she likewise changed positions in the outfield. Today she’s recuperated, changed, and ready to go.
Was it hard moving from center to left?
Sort of, but not truly. My preference, I ‘d rather play center. But taking a look at the big picture of it all, you cannot be selfish. With the new coaches, I trust their approach. They constantly had a factor. And we had an excellent season.
How much distinction exists in your preparation between the 2 positions?
The angle is different. It’s being a little quicker, however it’s a lot much shorter a range to walk around. In center you’re covering whatever, however in left field, you have the line and you have your little area about 2nd, so I believe it’s just quicker reaction since the ball’s coming off the bat a little differently. For the many part it’s very comparable.
Exactly what’s the best video game you’ve ever had at UNLV?
I believe the one that stands apart to me as far as this season, [is our first-game] walk-off. It was the very first time we actually got to see our coaches communicate. We ‘d been dealing with them and prepping for the season, however we got to see the passion they have for the video game. You might see our third-base coach dancing like a fool. It just brings my love back for the video game.
Exactly what was the first album you purchased?
Avril Lavigne, whichever “Sk8r Boi” was on [Ed: Let Go] I like anything I can just sing to. I’m not much of a dancer, so if I can turn it up just as loud as I can and belt to it, it’s probably my jam.
How hard was it to miss out on video games while you’re harmed?
It’s definitely hard. This season I broke my face in the middle of the season. I took an inside pitch. We remained in Houston. It was my very first at-bat of our very first video game out there and I relied on hit the ball. I opened my shoulder and recognized the ball was coming at my face rather. It was all simply a blur.
Mentally I was all set to go, however physically, my face was broken. It was mainly getting cleared from the concussion. You want to be back on the field, but you do not wish to press it since if you’re still hurt, you’re not assisting your group any. It’s being encouraging and cheering as loud as you can and assisting the ladies with whatever they need to get prepared for the game.
I didn’t wear a facemask. I always stated I’ve been playing softball for 18 years now. What are the odds I’m getting struck in the face now? Well, there were the chances. I’m wearing a facemask now.
When you strike your first home run, did you know you got all of it?
I didn’t. It was my last game of the season, I resembled, ‘You got absolutely nothing left to lose,’ and it just went. You go in there simply wanting to make contact. You do not go up believing you’re going to get a home run, but when you do, that sensation is amazing. I was head down, running. They teased me due to the fact that I hit and I simply ran. I looked up and I was like, ‘Oh, hey, I do not need to run any longer.’
What was it like in your very first game as a Rebel?
I was a little anxious. At the time I was one of the only freshmen having fun with all these older ladies I bet a while. It’s exactly what you prepare for your whole life playing softball. It’s always that idea of play in college, play in college, and that very first day it’s like, ‘OK, I’m here now.’ It’s simply kind of dialing in those nerves and using them the proper way. It’s using that adrenalin to perform and not get scared, get timid about the scenario.
Do you believe in ghosts?
I do not. I went through that entire Teen Wolf, vampire stage however as far as them really being real, I don’t think much.
What is the most underrated part of softball?
I think the strength of it. People believe it resembles baseball. It’s different. Baseball is a little slower. Softball you need to be prepared for whatever. It’s a quicker video game. The ball is coming off the bat a lot quicker. In baseball, you always see the shortstop slip up and somehow gets the person out in the beginning. In softball, it’s like “All right, the lady has a chance to get to second now.”
Exactly what does it seem like when you’re called in at the plate?
I want to take a method like I have actually been here prior to. Do not get worried, don’t get overwhelmed. All you’re doing is see ball, struck ball. Keeping it easy. I have my own batting routine that I do each time. I walk to the plate, prepare, and no matter the situation, I’m doing the very same routine. It keeps me calm. I have actually been here prior to, I have actually done this. Whether it’s bases packed, winning run a 3rd, or nobody’s on and you just need a single. For me it’s keeping the exact same fundamentals I’ve matured with, and just staying in tune with that.