Highlights of Tuesday's live chat with Washington softball coach Heather Tarr and Huskies player Jenn Salling.
Washington softball coach Heather Tarr and standout player Jenn Salling gave advice to younger players, superstitions and playing in the tough Pac-10 in a live chat with readers Tuesday.
Q: What advice do you have for a softball player in Georgia that wants to be a softball player at UW?
Salling: Come to a summer camp and for more information visit www.washingtonsoftballcamps.com in the summer months.
Q: Coach, have you ever been ejected from a game?
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Tarr: I’ve only been kicked out once so far at LSU in 2006. I try not to get caught up in the umps calls. I always assume they might make calls that I don’t agree with so I try to not let it affect me.
Q: Jenn, who has been your role model and mentor throughout your career at UW?
Salling: My role model was my dad. From the day I was born, I was always at the softball field. My dad played fastpitch at a pretty high level and was a good catcher.
Q: Jenn, do you enjoy defense more than at bats?
Salling: They are different. Hitting is more mental than defense can be but I enjoy them both because they are both crucial parts of the game. I love making fun plays on defense like in the hold like Derek Jeter.
Q: Jenn, have you always been a shortstop?
Salling: No, I caught and then I played third a bit and have played shortstop for 11 years. I liked catching a lot too but shortstop is more fun for me personally.
Q: What’s your favorite inspirational sports movie?
Salling: “A League Of Their Own.”
Tarr: “Any Given Sunday” — I love the Al Pacino speech!
Q: Who’s the most underrated player on the team this year?
Tarr: I think Kimi Pohlman is because I think she should get an invite to try out for the U.S. National Team.
Q: Why did the team struggle offensively toward the end of the year? Which is the toughest pitcher you faced this year?
Salling: Good pitching beats good hitting on any given day. It’s all about getting the timely hits. Every Pac-10 pitcher is very good from Jolene Henderson at Cal to Dallas Escobedo at ASU.
Q: What’s your favorite team chant?
Salling: Dawg Machine! Come to the game to hear it!
Q: How difficult is it to prepare for the kind of nationally ranked competition that’s in the Pac-10 every week?
Tarr: It’s a grind. And we wouldn’t want to have it any other way. It prepares us for the postseason and we are proud to be in the conference of champions, the Pac-10.
Q: What is your favorite uniform combo?
Salling: White pants and purple top, and white pants gold top.
Q: Can you give an update on Danielle Lawrie? How often do you get to see her or talk to her?
Tarr: We see her whenever she comes to town. She just came to watch her brother Bret play in Tacoma and you should check her out on twitter @DanielleLawrie5 she will give you all of the updates!
Q: What is the funniest thing to happen this season?
Salling: On J.T.’s (assistant coach J.T. D’Amico) 40th b-day we smashed him in the face with a whipped cream pie and he took it like a champ!
Q: Jenn, what is the funniest nickname a teammate has ever given you?
Salling: The Shetland … look it up