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Q & A: Hailey Schaefer

By NDSAS, 02/04/20, 8:00AM CST


Hailey is a pitcher for the Valley City Hi-Liners.

Hailey Schaefer | JR | Valley City

High School: Barnes County North
Positions: P/IF
Jersey Number: 21

What do you like the most about the game of softball?
The thing I like most about the game of softball is playing with my teammates and meeting new people.

What do you think is your greatest strength in the sport of softball?
I think my greatest strength in softball is my pitching ability and how I manage to stay calm on the mound no matter what type of game is happening.

Any favorite moment when you used your bat to help your team win?
My favorite moment when I used my bat to help my team win was my freshman year at state when I hit a grand slam over the center field fence.

Any favorite moment you used your defense or pitching to help your team win?
My favorite moment when I used my pitching to help my team win was when I had 18 strikeouts against West Fargo Sheyenne, which broke the school's record for most strikeouts in a game.

Who is your softball role model?
I would say that my parents are my softball role models. They always push me to do my best and sacrifice a lot to give me opportunities to play the game more.

What do you like the most about your head coach?
The thing I like most about my head coach is that she really cares about me as a player and a person. I also like that she and our whole coaching staff are really chill and make the game enjoyable.

What is your favorite high school softball moment or game so far?
My favorite high school softball moment so far is when I was a freshman and my team won EDC.

Are there any teams you look forward to playing next year? If so, why?
Definitely West Fargo. We tend to have good games against them and they are a good team to play.

What are your expectations for the upcoming season?
As always, the goal is to win state. Some expectations for the upcoming season is to work hard in the off-season and continue to build up throughout the season.

Do you play on any summer and/or travel teams? If so, which ones?
I play with the South Dakota Renegades and the FM Blaze.

Do you have a favorite pre-game or post-game meal?
Taco John's is my go-to for pre-game and post-game meals.

Do you have any softball superstitions?
My major superstition is that I have to eat Taco John's before I play. 

What is or would be your walk up song?
My song is I Know What You Did by Fallout Boy (the part where there's the drum roll that goes into the chorus)

Who is the funniest teammate you have?
Jessie Undem is my funniest teammate. We have many inside jokes and bond pretty well since she is my catcher.

What is the coolest thing about your town?
The coolest thing about my town is that we have the restaurants Pizza Corner and Budget Burger, and we have the North Dakota Winter Show.