Player Spotlight: Zoey Kreinus 2027 Elite Utility Player; Atlanta Vipers - Tamborra 14U Gold
Atlanta Vipers Organization:
Name: Zoey Kreinus
Hometown: Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Grad Year: 2027
Travel Team: Atlanta Vipers - Tamborra 14u Gold
High School: South Walton High School
Overhand Velocity: 63 mph
Exit Velocity off Tee: 66 mph
Home to First or 20 yds: 3.12
Intended Study Major: Sports Management or Education
You’re a well-recognized elite prospect for the 2027 class. What else can you tell us about yourself?
I am a multi-sport athlete, playing softball, basketball, and volleyball. I moved from Wisconsin to Florida 4 years ago. I am a straight A student with a 4.0 GPA. I love to spend my time with friends and family at the beach when not on a court or ball field. I also have been rocking out on the guitar since I was 8 years old.
How did your softball journey begin?
I started playing when I was 6 years old with my sister on an 8u team in Wisconsin. My sister was a pitcher so I decided to become a catcher so I could catch for her.
What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?
My greatest strength as a softball player is my ability to be confident in any situation and use that confidence to play with aggressiveness and instinct.
What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats?
I am a line drive gap to gap hitter. My most recent stats are:
2022 Fall Season 81 plate appearances
Batting Average: .418
On Base Percentage: .469
Slugging Percentage: .595
Runs Scored: 23
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 focus during school hours to get my homework done in free time, so that after school I can dedicate my time to athletics and hobbies. Working out (strength and conditioning) is important to me, so I make sure I get plenty of rest so I can work out in the morning before school starts, not wasting any day hours.
Describe your game day mental preparation and your thought process and mindset in the batter’s box.
On the car drive to a game, I listen to music, to get pumped-up. When I am on deck, I visualize the pitch I am going to swing at and I visualize myself getting a great hit. When I am in the batters box, I am looking to “do damage” with one swing, meaning I am looking to crush the ball.
What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement?
My favorite sports memory is winning the Florida PGF State tournament in Newberry with my travel team. We had a tough loss on Saturday, but on Sunday played the same team in the semifinals and moved on to win the tournament.
Impact Gold USSSA tourney champs
How do you handle adversity and even failure?
I understand that the only way to get better and learn is through failure and just keep practicing.
How would your teammates and friends describe you?
My teammates and friends describe me as hardworking, a leader, fun, funny, thoughtful and always having a positive attitude.
Who is your role-model and or idol and why?
My role models are my mom and my dad because they both work very hard for what they get and never give up on anything.
Zoe's family: father (Joe), mother (laura), sister (Tatum), and brother (Lincoln)
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 Sam Roe because I met her when I was 10 at my travel team practice. I later saw her at a Gators camp and really enjoyed seeing her again. I admire her – she is always willing to give back with lots of energy and positive attitude.
What is your softball dream/goal?
My softball goal is to play softball when I am in college.
What are your favorite college softball teams?
My favorite college softball teams are the Florida Gators and Florida State University.
What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?
My jersey number is 8 and I chose it because my dad was number 8 when he played baseball in high school.
What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?
I love to go to the beach, play basketball and volleyball, and enjoy playing the guitar.
Who would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support?
I would like to thank my dad for always pushing me to be better and work my hardest, even when sometimes I don’t want to.
Additional Information About Zoe:
Walk up Song: Walk by Pantera
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Song: 5 Minutes Alone
Favorite Music Artist: Pantera or Metallica
Favorite Sports Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Favorite Sports Celebrity: Tom Brady
Favorite Movie: Jumanji
Favorite Sports Movie: The Sandlot
Favorite TV Show: Survivor
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Favorite Travel Spot: Universal in Orlando
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