Who the Buc are you?
The Round Table got the opportunity to sit down with Ella Diers’24 to find out who the Buc she is!
RT: Where are you from?
Diers: “Concord, New Hampshire.”
RT: What is your major?
Diers: “I am majoring in Media Studies, and I am also planning to minor in Journalism.”
RT: What is your plan after college?
Diers: “I haven’t thought that far ahead. I might take a gap year to travel, or maybe I’ll find a job in some media field. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up working at a farm somewhere.”
RT: How did you choose Beloit?
Diers: “I made my decision pretty late in the game. I was deciding between Beloit and another college back east. They are very similar; both small, liberal arts colleges in small towns. I ended up choosing Beloit because it’s in a bigger town than the other school, and also close to a lot of big cities. It was also further from home, and in a new place. Which is something that I wanted. I also had the opportunity to play softball here, which is something that probably wouldn’t have happened if I had gone to the other school. I had never visited Beloit, so I kind of took a leap of faith, and I am so glad I did.”
RT: When did you start playing softball and how did you get into it?
Diers: “I started playing softball when I was pretty young, probably when I was in second grade. A lot of my friends played on rec teams, so I think that’s how I started playing.”
RT: What is your favorite aspect of softball?
Diers: “My favorite aspect of softball is the fact that it is such a team sport. It takes everyone to do their job, and you really win and lose as a team. I have been really lucky to have played on some really fantastic teams where everyone meshes, and I have met some of my closest friends through this sport.”
RT: How long have you competed?
Diers: “I started playing in second grade, but I began playing on a travel team in sixth grade. I think that’s when my interest in the sport really piqued.”
RT: How do you get hyped for a game?
Diers: “Listening to music.”
RT: What’s your favorite memory with the team?
Diers: “My favorite memory with the team was when we did a team bonding movie night in the auditorium. We watched some horror movie, and it was a lot of fun to scream together and also shout out funny comments to help each other be less afraid. I think it was also one of the first team bonding things we did, so it was fun to get to know the team better outside of practice.”
RT: Does the team have any traditions?
Diers: “We do a few team dinners and different team bonding events every year. This is only my second year, and last year we were pretty limited with what we could do so I’m not really sure what traditions we have.”
RT: What does a typical practice look like?
Diers: “It depends on the day. We always start with warmups, then go into either throwing or hitting. We do different drills. For outfield, we do a lot of footwork and communication drills, working on talking with the other outfielders as well as with the infielders. Communication is a huge part of the game, so we incorporate that into a lot of what we do.”
RT: What are some of your goals in softball and in life?
Diers: “Trust myself, and know that I can do it, whether than be catching a pop fly, or getting a bunt down, or just in everyday life.”
RT: Do you have any superstitions?
Diers: “I’m only a little stitious. I’ll do my hair a certain way for every game, and then change it up if we don’t win.”
RT: Do you have any pets? Names? Breed?
Diers: “I have a crusty white dog named Emmett. He is a Bichon-Pomeranian mix and I love him with all my heart.”
RT: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Diers: “Shapeshifting. I could literally do anything.”
RT: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Diers: “I have some friends in Germany that I haven’t seen in a while, so it would be great to go visit them.”
RT: Stance on pineapple on pizza? Why or why not?
Diers: “Yes, but in moderation. I like it every once in a while, but not for every single time I have pizza. You gotta switch it up.”