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Swinging for the fences with Braxton

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 20:10

After securing the first-ever Conference USA Championship in Marshall history last season, the Marshall University softball team has been able to keep the momentum going.  Throughout the fall season, the team posted an impressive 7-1 record, dropping its only game against Ohio University during a double-header.

Sophomore Shaelynn Braxton has contributed to the team’s success since she joined the Herd in 2012.  The third baseman from Woodbridge, Va., who earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman team last year, tallied six RBIs and one home run in just eight games this fall.              After the conclusion of her fall season this past weekend, the physical education major had the time to hit all the bases with us on a more personal level.

Q:  Think about your life thus far.  What has been your greatest accomplishment?
A:  Being a part of the Conference USA championship team last year.  I think it was probably one of the best feelings of my life.

Q:  If you could be any Disney princess, which one would you be and why?
A:  Mulan.  I’ve always been more of a tomboy, and I would love to be able to kick butt like her for a living.

Q:  Do you have any hidden talents?
A:  I love to cook and bake, especially bake.  I make an excellent chocolate cake!

Q:  What is your dream job?
A:  I really want to start an after-school training program aimed to help student athletes.  The aim would be to give them an outstanding environment that focused on both athletics and academics while providing them with guidance and support in every aspect of their lives.

Q:  Where is your favorite place to eat in Huntington?
A:  A drive-in burger place down on Sixth Avenue called Midway.

Q:  If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A:  I would rid of all the hatred.

Q:  What is your biggest fear?
A:  Anything with a stinger.

Q:  If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three things, what would they be?
A:  I would bring a TV, a lifetime supply of food and my Bible.

Q:  Where is your favorite vacation spot?
A:  The Outer Banks.  There is so much sentimental value to my family there.  Plus it’s calm, relaxing and beautiful.

Q:  What is your fondest childhood memory?
A:  During a backyard kickball game with my family, I watched my grandma and little sister, Samantha, face plant after kicking the ball together while holding hands. 

Q:  What is your biggest fear?
A:  Anything with a stinger.

Q:  Who is your hero?
A:  Her name is Wadina Thompson.  She has taught me so much about loving people and being strong, not only as a person but building strong relationships and being able to support and build up other people.

Q:  Do you have a motto?
A:  I don’t really have a motto.  But I do read my favorite Bible verses before each game, one being Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Q:  If you hit the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with the money?
A:  First, I would make my parents put half of it in a savings account for me so I wouldn’t be able to touch it, or else I would blow it very quickly.  The other half I would use to take care of my family.  I have a big family, four siblings and a grandmother who lives with my parents.  I would use it to take care of them.

Q:  What is your biggest goal for your upcoming season?
A:  I want for us to be able to build off of what we accomplished last year.  This year we have the opportunity to make it further, and we can do it as long as we stay together as a unit and keep pushing on no matter what comes our way.

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