My name is Haley Cupp and I’m a pitcher. I have been playing softball since I was six years old, starting on my rec ball team in Salem, Virginia. Academically, I am very dedicated to getting good grades and taking the highest classes available. I am also a perfectionist which makes it very hard to get anything, but an A and it also makes me very hard on myself sometimes. But, being a perfectionist has helped me to work harder for my goals instead of expecting improvement by doing no work at all. I would like to continue to play softball in college because it is such a large part of my life. Softball is my “Happy Place”.
Playing softball has helped me become a better person. Softball has taught me many things. I have learned to respect the pitchers that strike me out and have the mindset to hit next time. I have also learned that your teammates are the most valuable part of the game, because even if you make a mistake, or your team loses a game, you’ll be able to go on to the next game with them right there beside you. Some players believe that hitting the ball and getting out is bad and react negatively but what they do not understand is that it isn't necessarily bad when you move the winning run over to third on that same hit. These are only a few of the many things softball has taught me. I have always wanted to be an excellent pitcher, but I never thought I would rather be a slower pitcher with incredible spin, rather than the fastest pitcher in the game with only a few spin pitches. I have always wanted to be the fastest pitcher, but when I found my spin pitches, I wanted nothing more than to perfect each one of them. When I first started pitching at a higher level, I would often sit in my room with a spinner, or even in the classroom with a roll of tape, teaching myself the different spin pitches. My spin is the thing I work hardest on.