Impact Gold - Soliz:
Name: Rylee Marx
Hometown: Aledo, Texas
Grad Year: 2027
Travel Team: Impact Gold - Soliz
High School: Aledo High School (next year)
Positions: Pitcher, First Base
Height: 5’ 10"
Fastball: 58 - 60 mph
Changeup: 41 - 43 mph
Curve: 55 - 56 mph
Rise: 55 - 56 mph
Overhand Velocity: 50 mph
Exit Velocity off Tee: 61 mph
Home to First or 20 yds: 2.91
Intended Study Major: Teaching
Who is Rylee Marx?
I am a student athlete that loves Jesus. I take life as it comes and I’m always there to support my friends and teammates. I love to talk and be carefree. I’m simple and take things as they are.
Rylee with her school friends for a birthday party after a tournament
How did your softball journey begin?
My softball journey started long before I ever picked up a bat or ball. As a baby and toddler, I was always at the softball field watching my cousin or my sister play. I started t-ball when I was five and have never put the ball down since.
Rylee with her sister
What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?
My greatest strengths are my voice and presence in the circle. I have always been one of the loudest on my team, always cheering and encouraging my teammates. My height and speed in the circle are also a strong asset.
“This kid is a true warrior! I’m fortunate enough to be her pitching coach and work with her weekly. Everytime she walks into my shop she gives 110%! Rylee takes on every challenge I give her with a smile on her face, determination in her eyes, and fight in her heart. She’s a 5’ 10 pitcher that has great speed ( top speed clocked at 62.5) and spin to go along with it! Rylee’s curve, rise, and change are deadly!”
--- Brooke Richards,
"Rylee consistently hits in the 60s in workouts"
What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats?
I think of myself as a versatile hitter. I can hit for power, bunt to advance the runner, or just wear out their pitcher with quality at bats.
Describe your leadership style and what characteristics do you find in outstanding leaders?
I would describe my leadership style as encouraging, vocal, one who builds on the positives, and demonstrates the importance of good work ethic. I thrive off of leaders who are confident, yet humble, respectful, and someone who demands attention through their actions.
Coach C, Rylee, and Coach Rylee at last year's awards dinner
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 rely heavily on my parents for this. We have a pretty consistent schedule and are organized with our time management. We try our best to communicate early when scheduling conflicts arise. I have a strong support system outside of my immediate family that steps in to help with things when needed.
Rylee celebrating her 13th birthday in Las Vegas
Describe your game day mental preparation and your thought process and mindset in the circle and/or the batters box.
When I step on the field, I blur everything out and and imagine what I need to do in order to be effective. When I step into the circle, I replay my practice and remember the corrections I made throughout the week so that I can apply them to my game time pitches.
What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement?
My greatest sports achievement is throwing 4 perfect games. My favorite sports memory was getting to be the batgirl at a UT softball game in Spring 2020 with Mary Lakopo, Lauren Burke and Shannon Rhodes on the team. (right before the shutdown)
How do you handle adversity and even failure? I pray a lot. My parents have always been very honest and realistic with us about how softball is a game of failure. Growing up from a young age we knew that perfection was unobtainable, but that didn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive for it. Our failures were seen and talked about as opportunities to grow.
Working out with Chop
"I love training Rylee. She has what we call as athletes, the IT factor. Her work ethic, dedication, and most of all her being a coachable GREAT athlete are the best! She makes coaches like me, jobs easier. I’m happy to grind it out with her and can’t wait to see her at the next level."
--- Coach Chop,
How would your teammates and friends describe you?
I think my friends would describe me as outgoing, funny, and caring. I think my teammates would describe me as uplifting, positive, and loud.
“Rylee is someone who is my biggest fan whether I make an amazing play or if I’m down on myself. She always has her head in the game and is always positive. I love playing with her.”
--- Carsyn Overstreet,
Who is your role-model and or idol and why?
My role model is one of my coaches, Coach Rylee Lara. I admire how she commits so much time to giving back to the sport by coaching us. She balances a busy life of graduate school, a full time job, and volunteering to coach my team. Coach Rylee relates to us in the same way I hope to relate to my students when I become a teacher.
If you could spend a day with any softball player, former or current, who would it be and why?
I would like to spend the day with Montana Fouts. I feel like I could learn a lot from her. I would ask her for tips on how she throws her rise ball so effectively. I would also love to hear about how she stayed mentally focused during her perfect game during the WCWS.
Team Gold with the Intrasquad Dub!
What is your softball dream/goal?
My softball dream is to play in college and make it to the Women's College World Series (WCWS).
“For Rylee the sky is the limit, she has the ability to pretty much write her own ticket. Her length, athleticism and work ethic are rare to find. We’re really excited to see what she can do over the next few years and how she develops.”
--- Head Coach Pete Soliz,
Impact Gold - Soliz
Describe your perfect softball team.
My perfect softball team would be full of confident players, with a great work ethic and love for the game. Talented players with a team over me attitude would also be a must. Coaches that understand the person and not just the player. They would also give corrective feedback to players.
Impact Gold - Soliz winning a tournament after a cold weekend this past Fall
When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things you’re looking for?
As the daughter of a teacher, I was raised to know that I will pick a college based on academics first. Outside of that, location, coaching staff, and school reputation are other important things I will be looking for.
What gets you hyped or ready before a game?
Having a great warmup session gets me hype before a game. The normal everyday sounds of the ballpark help me dial it in and focus before a game.
What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?
#16, it is my birthday (February 16th)
What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?
I am involved in my church youth group. I also enjoy watching Netflix, cooking, going to my middle/ high school sporting events and hanging out with my friends.
Who would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support?
I would first need to thank my parents for dedicating their time, money, and support to get me to lessons, practices, camps, and tournaments. I also need to thank my coaches along the way for always believing in me. I have been blessed to have many coaches that see the best in me and have pushed me along the way. Coach Pete Soliz, Coach Brooke Richards, Coach Chop and Cheyenne Dela Garza are the current coaches pushing me to grow and develop currently. As a pitcher, I have to thank everyone who has and continues to catch my daily pitching workouts. This includes my dad, sister, current and former teammates, and even family friends.
Rylee and her Dad in their uniforms
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT RYLEE
Walk up Song: Hola Hovito by Jay-Z
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Song: Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
Favorite Music Artist: Chris Stapleton
Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Sports Celebrity: Shannon Rhodes
Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams
Favorite Sports Movie: A League of Their Own
Favorite TV Show: Stranger Things
Favorite Book: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Favorite Travel Spot: St. Maarten
Favorite Quote: "Practice like you’ve never won. Play like you’ve never lost." - Michael Jordan
Legacy & Legends Softball; February 4, 2023; Denny Lang