Why she was selected:
Newark senior shortstop Alyssa Schofield had four hits and three runs batted in to pace the Norsemen’s 12-3 win over Serena on April 2.
Schofield is off to a fast start with the bat. She is batting .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles, four RBIs, four runs scored and five stolen bases for the Norsemen.
She talked with Record sports editor Joshua Welge about her start to the season and all things softball. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: What's the last week been like with the weather?
Schofield: We were supposed to have six or seven games, and I think we played one. It was a rough week for softball, but it looks like the weather will get better. We've had practice every day, we always work on our hitting and our basic mechanics and stuff. It's like a foam ball off the pitching machine. It's definitely different than outside batting.
Welge: Your bats were on fire against Serena. What went on there?
Schofield: That was a good game for us. The first couple games we struggled hitting. It was good for us to have a nice hitting game and score some runs. It was good for the team to be able to experience that.
Welge: Have you always played shortstop?
Schofield: My freshman and sophomore year I was at second base, last year shortstop. I'm used to playing shortstop. That's what I played on my travel team and what I played up until high school. It's good to get back there. The other side of the infield is where I'm most comfortable.
Welge: Has softball always been your No. 1 sport?
Schofield: Yes. I started T-ball when I was five years old and I've played ever since. I played basketball since I was in fifth grade. I did volleyball for a few years.
Welge: What kind of work have you put in since last season?
Schofield: We've been going to hitting lessons. My dad takes us to a batting coach. The main thing I've worked on is improving my batting mechanics. I had struggled hitting the inside pitch. My batting coach helped me to make adjustments, just keeping my hands in and going straight to the ball.
Welge: What was travel season like last summer?
Schofield: We qualified for nationals and we went to a tournament in Michigan. We got to see some pretty good teams there.
Welge: Do you have a favorite pro team or pro athlete?
Schofield: Not necessarily. I follow [pro softball player] Jennie Finch and stuff.