Q-and-A with Alyssa Mannucci, Plainfield South softball
April 29, 2013 7:54PM
Alyssa Mannucci, of Plainfield South. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:08AM
Mannucci is a senior shortstop hitting .417 with six home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs. She has committed to Loyola.
Goals the rest of the way?
Our defense has been our best thing, and the hitting is coming around. Winning (the Southwest Prairie) conference is our big thing right now. We can’t go undefeated, but we definitely want conference. That’s our focus right now.
The coaches are great, the girls are awesome and the school and education are really good. I’m trying to think too of my future, not just softball. Loyola on my resume is definitely a step up. I’m excited.
Favorite softball moment?
Honestly, the Plainfield North game (Friday) with the walk-off hit. That was pretty memorable. I’d never had a walk-off in high school.
Rather turn a double play to end a game or hit a walk-off homer?
I would rather turn a double play because that’s just harder. It takes more effort and teamwork.
You’re in the state championship game. Who do you want to face?
Honestly, Minooka, because in my four years here we’ve never beaten them. That would be awesome.
What opponent would you like to have as a teammate?
(Plainfield Central’s) Kaleigh Nagle. She’s been my best friend. I played with her a long time ago. Just good times.
You’re both shortstops. Who plays short?
When we played, she always played third. Either way, strong left side of the infield.
Who’s your celebrity prom date?
Channing Tatum. Either him or the guy from “The Fast and The Furious”, Paul Walker. He’s nice-looking.
What’s your favorite movie?
It would have to be “Country Strong”. My boyfriend falls asleep when we watch it.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’m Italian, so I’ll say Italy.
What will you remember about Plainfield South?
We’ve got a great group of girls. It’s hard to find that bond we have. Without that, you really can’t do much. Talent only takes you so far. You’ve got to all be together and believe in each other. This is probably the best group of girls we’ve had.
As told to Tim O’Brien