A new Fun Facts with Greenwich softball player Olivia McClammy.
What are you hoping to accomplish this season? How are you working to reach this goal? This is a rebuilding year for our team as we have only three returning varsity players. We have been working a lot in practice on communication and the fundamentals of the game. Our coaches have been really helping us develop and improve, so we look to take everything we did in practice into our upcoming games. Personally, after missing last season I would love to get my 100th career hit.
Who is your biggest role model and why? There are a lot of people I look up to, but my biggest role model is my dad. The thing I admire most about him is his work ethic and his attention to detail. Everything he does is 100% and done correctly. This has shaped my work ethic for softball and academics. I know that to become better as a player and a student I have to put in the effort to succeed.
How does the environment of your team affect your performance together? The positive atmosphere has the most important impact on our team’s performance. Over the last few games, we have been more confident at the plate. That confidence will carry over into our upcoming games. Similarly, we are focused on having positive energy throughout the entire game.
What is your favorite pregame snack/drink? My favorite pregame snack is a Zone protein bar. As a catcher, I also have to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated throughout the entire game.
Do you have any pre- or postgame rituals? My pregame ritual-good luck charm is I always keep two quarters in my back right pocket. In the fall of my freshman year, I had money in my pocket from buying water and I played really well that day. Every game since then I have played with quarters in my pocket, and it brings good luck.
What is your favorite type of music to listen to before and after a game? Is there a specific song? I listen to pump-up songs before a game to get my energy up and ready. My favorite songs are “I’m Ready” by Jaden and “Bring Em Out” by T.I. “Hall of Fame” by The Script is also on my playlist, and it’s a slower song but definitely helps my mindset going into a game.
How have your coaches and teammates impacted you as both a player and a person? My coaches and teammates have pushed me to become a better player and person. My high school coaches and teammates are really supportive in everything I do both for softball and academics. I have learned how to work as a team to succeed and achieve our goals. My travel team teammates and coaches have developed me into the player and person I am today. I know that to play with some of the best players in the state I need to put in the work and they have always been there to help me accomplish my goals.
As a committed senior, how have you stepped up to lead your team and be a good role model to the underclassman? As a committed senior, I have stepped up to lead my team by helping to create an environment where we all support each other and push each other to get better. The other captains and I give tips to the underclassmen. We are passing down our knowledge and love for the game and keeping the energy up.
What are you most looking forward to when you play for Swarthmore? How long has this been a dream of yours? I am so excited to play for Swarthmore next year. The coaches are great so I am looking forward to learning from them and hopefully winning a championship. This has been a dream of mine for a while, and I am so happy and thankful that it all worked out. I absolutely love this game and can’t wait to continue at Swarthmore.
Do you have any advice for the underclassmen who might want to play in college? Besides work ethic, commitment and academics, my advice would be to show your love for the game. When your teammate makes a diving play, show your excitement for them. College coaches pick up on your attitude and how you will be as a teammate, so I would encourage everyone to cheer and support your teammates.
— Tasha Taubenheim