Virginia Unity - Meadows/Spinogatti:
Name: Adelyn Matthews
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Grad Year: 2025
GPA: 4.3 weighted
Travel Team: Virginia Unity - Meadows/Spinogatti
High School: Lawton Chiles
Height: 5’ 8"
Overhand Velocity: 64
Exit Velocity off Tee: 71
Home to First: 2.65
Home to Home: 11
Intended Study Major: Science
Who are you?
I’m ultra competitive whether it’s on the ball field, in the classroom, or in life...I always want to be the best in what I'm doing. I love softball, reading, and hanging with friends.
"Addy has all the tools to become a force at the next level...size, speed, aggression, power and determination. She is a quiet assassin who fills up the stat sheet in multiple categories. She is poised to have a breakout summer and will be on the radar of numerous Power 5's real fast. More importantly, Addy is a great kid, student and teammate. She goes hard in practice and challenges herself to be better than the day before. Not only will Addy be successful on the field but ultimately she will be successful in life."
--- Coach Dean Spinogatti, Unity Meadows/Spinogatti
How did your softball journey begin?
It all started with the Pink Tigers when I was 8 years old. I quickly realized that I love competing and winning.
What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?
My biggest strengths are my speed, my intense focus, and my ability to get on base.
What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive HS stats?
I am mostly a contact hitter but can also hit for power. My goal is to get on base and steal my way around. My current HS stats are BA% is .667, OB% .707, SLG% .937 and OPS% of 1.644. I am currently 30/31 in stolen bases this season.
Describe your leadership style and what characteristics do you find in outstanding leaders?
I lead by example and try to keep the mood light. I like a leader that is confident and gives clear instructions.
You’re obviously very busy with so many activities and events in your life. How do you balance your life and manage your time so effectively?
I try to get 8-9 hours of sleep every night so I am at my best. I sit down on Sunday night and plan a schedule for the week. The key is to plan ahead. I still try to find down time to read and spend time with my family.
Describe your gameday mental preparation and your thought process and mindset in the batter's box:
I try to remember it’s a game and I always remember the words of my hitting coach, “Just put a good swing on it.”
What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement?
My favorite memories are from when my current travel team was having a blast while playing, we were singing, dancing, and just having fun. Oh and some of the amazing walk-off wins we had over the past year. I would say my greatest achievement is learning how to be a good teammate by supporting others' success when I may be down.
How do you handle adversity and even failure?
It is tough, I am a perfectionist but tomorrow is a new day and I know I will have more chances.
How would your teammates and friends describe you?
Quiet, confident, hard-working, focused, fast, smart, and funny.
Who is your role-model and/or idol and why?
My mom because she is always pushing through her adversities, giving it her all, and never gives up
If you could spend a day with any softball player, former or current, who would it be and why?
I would spend a day with the FSU outfielder, Kaley Mudge. She is a super sweet person and an outstanding player. She has always been kind to me at camps.
What is your softball dream/goal?
To be recruited to a college team and play at an elite level.
Describe your perfect softball team.
A team full of kind, talented, funny, and determined girls. My current travel team is pretty close to that.
When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things you’re looking for? Is it location, academics, conference, school reputation, coaching staff, team chemistry, weather, and school colors.
The two most important factors to me are the coaching staff and location. I want a good feeling from the current players when I go to camps.
What gets you hyped or ready before a game?
Upbeat music and a Starbucks Pink drink. I blast music in the car and whoever rides with me has to deal with it!!
What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?
#16, it was my dad’s number all through his life and one day I decided to use it and it just stuck.
What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?
I love to read, swim, and hang out with friends or family.
Who would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support?
I would love to thank my hitting coach, Howard Stuart. He has been more than a hitting coach. He is more like family.
I would also like to thank my parents for always supporting me and all of their time and money they have spent to help me play.
Additional Information About Addy
Walk up Song: Knife Talk at 0:32(clean)
Favorite Food: Ice cream
Favorite Song: Too Many Nights by Metro
Favorite Music Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Braves
Favorite Sports Celebrity: Trea Turner
Favorite Movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 days
Favorite Sports Movie: Sandlot
Favorite TV Show: Outer Banks
Favorite Book: The Inheritance Games
Favorite Travel Spot: Rosemary beach
Favorite Quote: “A strong women is a women determined to do something others are determined not to be done”- Marge Piercy
By Johnny Rivers, Legacy & Legends Softball, April 21, 2023