Junior Caryssa Orland, an FAU verbal commit, has done it all for the Olympia Titans this spring.
The Olympia softball team has won six consecutive games and improved its record to 9-3. Junior Caryssa Orland has been helping to lead the way for the Titans at the plate, on the field and on the pitchers’ mound. Orland is hitting .467 with eight doubles and nine RBIs.
Along with her sister, freshman standout Cameryn Orland, she is committed to play college softball for FAU. She also has three wins on the mound and has been stellar on defense — Orland had a game-saving catch in center field for the Titans against South Lake last week.
You made the All-Metro team last season as a sophomore. What was that like?
I was pretty shocked — I didn’t think I was going to make it (because) it’s usually juniors and seniors.
The team has been on a bit of a hot streak. How do you think the season has gone?
We’ve been doing (well) — we’re playing as a team now. Before, I feel like we played individually. We’ve all come together, and we work together.
Of which win so far are you most proud?
The one against South Lake (March 6, 2-1). We were cheering (each other on), we were all contributing, we had strong defense, and we were hitting (well).
What elements of your game have you been focused on improving?
Just trying to hit the ball to right field more and trying to stay on the ball — not popping up.
Which position is your favorite to play?
I like center field, because I get to dive and get more range on the ball.
Which remaining game on the schedule are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to playing Lake Brantley, because the pitcher there (Gabby Sacco) is committed to FAU, too. (She) and my sister play on the same travel team. It’s going to be cool to face her.
How exciting is it to be on the team with your sister this year and for you both to also be committed to FAU?
It’s pretty awesome. We’ve dreamed of playing together when we were younger. We really get along.
Are the Orland siblings competitive with one another?
My family is very competitive — we all play sports.
What did you like about FAU that led you to commit there?
It’s beautiful, and it’s only two hours away. The coaches are amazing, and I have three girls on my travel team that are going there, so I’ll know people when I get there. It’s two minutes away from the beach — it’s a nice area.
What do you enjoy about playing varsity softball for Olympia?
I like that I get to represent the school and show that we have a good program.
What do you think you would like to do for a career?
Cameryn and I were talking about doing a business together and opening a boutique or a clothing store.
What’s your favorite show?
Usually when I watch TV, it’s only on Mondays, and it’s “The Bachelor.”
Do you have a favorite season of the show?
The season with Sean (Lowe). It was really intense.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Probably somewhere I can help out kids.