Augie talks with pitcher and outfielder Amanda Page

Anjelica Ortiz

Amanda Page is a sophomore on the Augustana softball team. She is a pitcher and outfielder. Outside of softball, she is a business management and environmental studies major.
Q: What are you involved in on campus?
A: Besides softball, I do have some other things I am involved in on campus. I sing in concert chorale, which I really enjoy and is a stress reliever for me. I also have a job as a desk staff at PepsiCo. I also am involved in a sorority, I am in Sigma Pi Delta. I am really happy I get to be this involved even with being a varsity athlete.
Q: How do you think this season is going?
A: I won’t lie, so far this season for softball has not been great. We have lost a lot more than we have won, however our team keeps persevering in times of trouble. We have been fighting this whole season to keep pushing our team so we win more. The conference tournament is also coming up and anything can happen. Any team at any time can beat anyone they have lost to previously.
Q: How long have you played softball?
A: I have been playing softball for most of my life. I started with house league and just kept going from there. I think I have played softball for about 15 years. I am 20 now.
Q: What sparked your interest in softball?
A: I found softball when I was young, and I just fell in love with the sport. I love how it’s all about power and grit. Softball is a sport that is not afraid to get dirty, and scream until you can’t anymore. I think the competitive nature that softball brings makes me try that much harder to win, not only for me, but for my team. I also remember being a kid and watching college softball knowing I wanted to do that when I grew up.
Q: Do you plan on playing after college?
A: To play after college I think would be hard, because if you want to play seriously after college there are maybe five or six professional teams, but you would have to be an amazing D1 player to even have a chance. I might try to find a slow pitch league after college to play in. Because I play softball and because I love it, I would love to keep playing in the future even if it’s not as competitive as I play now.
Q: How would you describe Augie softball culture?
A: The Augie softball culture is like another family to me. We all work our butts off to do the best for each other and better the team as a whole. I know I can rely on each and every one of my teammates to pick me up if I’m doing bad or to cheer me on when I’m doing good. We can also come to each other with anything we have problems with. We are all super supportive of each other and want the best for all of us whether we are playing or not. 
Q: What do you hope for next season?
A: I hope next season we can come out even more strong than we are now and kick some butt like I know this team can do. I know our team can win so many of these close games we have lost. Next year I want to see our team as a whole thrive and feel strong in what we do. Winning more than losing would also be awesome. 
Q: What has softball taught you so far?
A: Softball has taught me so much in my life, it has taught me about leadership, tenacity/persistence, strength and power. It has taught me how to be a great teammate. I pitch, so this means the attention is on me. This has helped me lead my team to wins because I was able to take charge at the mound. I have also learned to push through times when I faced adversity and keep going no matter what is happening in the game. Softball has taught me all this and even more small lessons as I go along in my life. I would not be the same person I am today without softball.