Player Profile: Sydney Supple (11/24)

Player Profile: Sydney Supple (11/24)

Nov 24, 2014 by Brentt Eads
Player Profile: Sydney Supple (11/24)

Only a handful of 2019’s have committed and one of them is this Midwest standout who pulled the trigger in committing to a Big Ten program in the last few weeks…

Sydney throws a hard drop, rise and change.
Sydney throws a hard drop, rise and change.

Grad Year: 2019
Pos: pitcher/1B
Current School: Carl Traeger Middle School (Oshkosh, Wisc.)
Future High School: Oshkosh North High School
Club: Beverly Bandits                                                             
Accomplishments: Won back-to-back Northern Nationals B in 10U (2012) and 12U (2013).      
College: Northwestern

*** As far as we know, you were the second player in the 2019 class to commit… what are your thoughts about that?
Sydney Supple: I am very blessed to have looked at a lot of schools at an early age. When I found the school that was the perfect fit for me, I knew I didn’t want to wait another day to become an Northwestern Wildcat. You’re a lefty pitcher and also play first, was it your pitching or your all-around game that got you the offer?
SS: My pitching is what initially got me noticed, especially as a lefty, but I also put equal time into my hitting and defensive skills as I do my pitching. My strength is in the circle, but my all-around game, being a leader and a really good teammate is what got me my offer. What do you throw and what do you think you do best as a pitcher?
SS: I am a North to South pitcher. I throw a hard drop, rise and change-up and work hard to keep the hitters off balanced and off plane. Did you check out other schools on visits or was Northwestern the one you wanted from the beginning?
SS: Northwestern was always one of my top schools, but I wanted to make sure that I knew what else was out there. I was fortunate to have unofficial visits to some great Pac-12, Big 10, SEC, ACC and CAA schools. But after each one, my heart led me back to Northwestern. Tell us how you were first seen by the coaches, then how long until they offered?
SS: I attended my first Northwestern camp the summer before seventh grade when I was playing with my local Oshkosh Raiders team and then went back that January for their elite camp with a lot of my Bandit teammates. I had great connections with Coaches Kate (Drohan), Caryl (Drohan) and Courtnay (Foster) and they invited me back to for an unofficial visit in April and offered me a scholarship. They were great about never asking me for a decision because of my age, but they showed up at every tournament all summer long and again this fall, no matter how late or cold the game was.

Sydney poses with the Northwestern coaches on Nov. 16 when she committed.
Sydney poses with the Northwestern coaches on Nov. 16 when she committed. When did you decide to commit and what led into the decision?
SS: After my final fall showcase I had to a chance to review all of the schools I had visited or had been invited to visit. I knew that after every trip I kept wanting to go back to Northwestern, either for a game or a pitching clinic or any chance I could to go back and talk to the coaches, the alumni and the players. I would like to study broadcast journalism and the Medill School of Journalism is incredible. The legacy of the players and the commitment the coaches made to me as not only a player but as a person helped me make my decision. How did you tell the coaches, in person, on the phone, on an unofficial visit?
SS: I went down to Northwestern with my parents on Sunday Nov. 16, after I asked the coaches if I could meet with them but I didn’t tell them why.   All four coaches were there and I committed in person by reading them a letter I wrote called “Why Northwestern.” Describe your emotions around telling them, were you more nervous or more excited?
SS: I could not have been more excited. I knew for sure that Northwestern is what I wanted and I didn’t want to waste another day before committing. After I read my letter, it ended up being very emotional with all of us hugging. What is it about softball you love the most?
SS:  What I love most about the game is how with one swing of the bat or one pitch you can change an entire game. I also love the team aspect, knowing that when you step on the field you always have eight other girls who always have your back.

The 2019 pitcher visited several schools but says her heart kept taking her back to Northwestern.
The 2019 pitcher visited several schools but says her heart kept taking her back to Northwestern. What’s your background in sports? Have you played other sports or has it always been softball?
SS: I love all sports, I grew up playing basketball, soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, tennis, even sailing, and of course softball. My favorite thing to watch on TV is any sport competition. What’s been a top memory or two for you in your athletic career?
SS: Throwing a perfect game to win my first Northern National championship game with my local Oshkosh Raiders team and being a double short of hitting for a cycle. Another top memory is the day I tried out and was invited to join the Beverly Bandits.

Quick Hitters

Fill in the blank… I may be young, but I’m really good at:_________________
… bringing out the best in other people.

What is your hometown/area most known for and what are you most proud of being from there ?
Oshkosh hosts the world’s largest airshow, EAA’s Airventure. It is incredible to see the planes and meet people from around the world. And who can’t be proud to be a Green Bay Packer Fan!

Favorite color:

Favorite food:
My Grandpa’s smoked salmon.

Least favorite food:
Cheese (which is funny being from Wisconsin!).

Clothing item you have the most of:
Athletic leggings and softball t-shirts.

What’s your dream vacation?
Going to the College World Series.

What’s something cool about you most people don’t know?
I can walk on my hands the length of a basketball court.

Sydney believes her intensity and poise are two of her strengths on the field.
Sydney believes her intensity and poise are two of her strengths on the field.

What is your personality like on the field? Off the field?
I think it’s pretty similar on or off the field. I love the game and my teammates and I think it shows both on and off the field. I am intense on the field, but coaches tell me I have great poise because if you were watching me, you would never know if I was throwing a no-hitter or just gave up a hit.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing with you, what would it be?
My catcher.

Do you have any softball superstitions or rituals?
I always wear my cross necklace.

If you could have a super power, what would you want it to be?
Reading the hitter’s minds.

What’s playing in your earphones/buds right now?
Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys.

If you were given a $1,000 bill what would you do/buy with it?
New tires for my Dad’s truck as a thank you for driving to all my lessons, practices and tournaments.

What did you want to be when you were little?
I always said I wanted to be a star. Of course I thought I wanted to be Taylor Swift, and I think I asked for a different musical instrument each year for Christmas (keyboard, guitar, drums, and yes, even a harp, although that may have been a Little Mermaid phase).

Favorite athlete:
The Captain, Derek Jeter.

Syd, Soup, and Syd the Kid

Something on your bucket or “must do” list:
Win the College World Series.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” — Jimmy Valvano

With Thanksgiving coming up, what are you most thankful for?  
My family and my favorite twin coaches (Kate and Caryl Drohan).

What’s the No. 1 request on your Santa gift list?
Northwestern gear.