- February 27, 2019
As a member of the Olympia softball team, Caryssa Orland has become a leader for the Titans during her high-school career. Before looking forward to playing Division I ball at Florida Atlantic University next year, Orland is hoping to make her senior year her best one yet as she takes on multiple roles as a shortstop/pitcher/outfielder for the Titans.
I was 8 years old, and I loved this sport. My sister played, so I wanted to play, because it looked like it was really fun and competitive.
My favorite thing is working with new girls every year, trying to make them and the program better, and just learning different aspects of the game.
Because it’s different from travel ball, probably playing with a different group of girls — travel ball and high school are way different. It (high-school softball) is not as competitive, I guess.
I had started with the Orlando Aftershock — that’s when I first started, when I was 8 — and then we changed our name to a different organization, so I’ve been playing 10 years on the same team.
Probably just watching college softball — I’m always watching it, and it makes me more motivated to get to the next level.
I would say to never give up and follow your dreams, because you never know where it’s going to take you.
In club ball, I usually play centerfield and shortstop, because that’s what I got recruited for. I like playing centerfield, because you get to the read the ball more and you get to dive. … I feel like more balls are hit out there, so you get more action.
It’s actually good, because we both like each other and we don’t argue that much. We just help each other improve and cheer each other on.
I’m going to Florida Atlantic University to play Division I softball, so when I’m a junior, she will be a freshman, and we’ll get to play two years together there.
I’ll definitely miss the girls I’ve made relationships with and Bobby (Brewer). He’s actually made me a better player, and he has only been here for a month and a half. He really pushes me to work harder.
I would want to go to a country where there is poverty and help out others — like a mission trip — and stay there for two months.