Name: Ellie Ratta
Position: Second Base
1. When did you start playing softball? What got you interested?
I started playing softball when I was in first grade just for my town's team, but later continued to travel and then joined Hamden Hall's team in middle school. My mother was the one that actually had me join the team, as my brother played baseball and she played in high school as well.
2. What position are you, or what positions do you usually play?
I play at second base alongside Daniela McGovern at first base and Lainie Hellyar at shortstop.
3. What’s your favorite part about playing softball?
My favorite part about playing softball is the feeling of hitting the ball in the right spot leading to the outfield while hearing my teammates cheering me on.
4. Does the softball team do anything unique (ie. special cheers, certain snacks, etc)?
This year, our team had to cancel multiple games due to the lack of players, but we all pulled through and kept the same attitude throughout this season. We always ended practice with a “Hornets on 3, 1,2,3!” and a smile on our faces.
5. What are the pros and cons of being in a team sport? Do you enjoy it, and are there some things you wish you could change?
The pros are of course having your teammates to always back you up and cheer you on, also being able to complain about a rough practice, since they will understand. The cons consist of letting them down when either striking out or not being in the right spot to catch the ball that flew right by you. I enjoy being in a team sport. I couldn't imagine softball without my teammates, and I wouldn't change a thing.
6. What do you want to accomplish in the future? Do you want to continue playing?
I would love to continue softball after high school but it's not more important than my education. If it doesn't distract me from learning, I will continue this sport in my future.
7. What is your crowning achievement? What are you most proud of?
Receiving the middle school award for “Enthusiastic Catalyst” from Mr. Craddock, who coached me from 6th to 8th grade, was a great achievement of mine. Especially since he will be retiring this year and he made me love the sport more than I already did.
8. Finally, what has softball been like during Covid? What has it been like for you?
It hasn't been very different from the regular season, although wearing a mask while running is quite a challenge. I'd rather be safe and wear a mask during practice and games than risk the safety of my teammates and I.