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Cold can holds Cottage Grove player's superstition

By Star Tribune, 06/29/12, 4:57PM CDT


Mary Turitto


You've played in a lot of national tournaments. Where is your favorite place to play? Probably somewhere around home.

What does it take to be a good shortstop? You have to be mentally tough and have a lot of range. You should know a lot about the game, and your reactions need to be fast.

What's the strongest part of your game? The mental side of things. Knowing what to do and when to do it.

What's the best part about traveling to play softball? Just the competition we see. We see a lot of teams we've never seen before, from all over, like California, Arizona, Florida.

Which state has the best players? Probably California. They can practice year-round and get on fields in the winter. And they have more numbers.

What about Minnesota? The Midwest is catching up. We have domes in the winter and hitting and pitching coaches. We're pretty close to being as good as a lot of those teams.

The worst part about traveling? The long drives and the packing and unpacking.

Softball superstition? Before every game, I like to eat a can of cold SpaghettiOs in the dugout. A lot of players think it's disgusting, but some of the younger girls are starting to do it.

Any advice for young players? Do the extraordinary to be better than ordinary. Doing the little stuff helps you to become the player you want to be.

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