Bat or racket, swing’s the thing

Sophomore Anna Reimers plays softball for Rock Canyon

Posted 9/14/18

Rock Canyon centerfielder/pitcher Anna Reimers missed the Erie Tournament of Champions the first weekend of September because she was playing tennis in an Intermountain Sectional tournament in Salt …

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Bat or racket, swing’s the thing

Sophomore Anna Reimers plays softball for Rock Canyon

Posted

Rock Canyon centerfielder/pitcher Anna Reimers missed the Erie Tournament of Champions the first weekend of September because she was playing tennis in an Intermountain Sectional tournament in Salt Lake City.

Reimers is a nationally ranked tennis player, but the sophomore is also one of the leaders on the Rock Canyon softball team, which was eighth in the Sept. 10 CHSAANow.Com Class 5A poll.

“It was really hard missing that Erie tournament," she said. "I really wanted to be there to help the team but there are four of those sectional tournaments each year and I play in all four of those. I won't miss any more softball games the rest of this season.”

Reimers began playing competitive softball when she was 10 after playing recreationally for a few years. She said she picked up a tennis racket when she was 3 and hasn't stopped playing.

“I like to play both sports but as of right now, my focus is on softball,” said Reimers, who does not play tennis for Rock Canyon in the spring. “I like just traveling and high school softball. Probably the athletic and agility part of tennis helps with softball, but I'm really there to help my team.

“I don't play high school tennis to focus on competitive softball and being able to travel with my competitive club team (Colorado Styxx). That effects the high school tennis part of it because we start in February and play in a lot of national tournaments.”

Key statistics

In eight games, Reimers was hitting .483 with four doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs. On the mound, she has picked up two wins and has a 1.81 ERA.

The coach's take

“She is super coachable and talented. Not only does she listen but she puts it into practice, and if she doesn't succeed at something, she works at it. She's that rare combination of everything you need in an athlete from humility, a little bit of swagger, and the skill.”

— Mike DeSimone, Rock Canyon girls softball coach

What's your favorite pre-game meal?

I just get something from Subway or a vending machine.

Who is your favorite athlete?

I would say Jennie Finch from Team USA. I just thought she was real cool and a role model for a lot of people.

What music do you listen to before a game and why?

During pre-game, there is a mixture of rap and country that is played. It pumps us up.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

I really want to play in college, so everything I do has to lead up for me to keep playing in college.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math. I just love math for some reason. I want to have a job in either finance or law.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

I love to hang out with my sister (Audrey) and friends. I like to go to the mall with my sister.

What are your plans after high school?

I want to go to a college with good academics. I want to get on either the East Coast or California. I really want to play Division 1 — either sport, but right now, the focus is on softball.

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