Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor
A force to be reckoned with on the diamond and a vocal powerhouse in the dugout. This is one of the best ways to describe Amber Schisler, the senior pitcher and emotional leader for Campbell.
“The fact that people see that she works extra hard while it pays off for her numbers and production wise, it becomes easier for people to look at her and migrate towards Amber as a leader,” said head coach Todd Bradley.
Bradley recognizes that the work she does for her team is self-induced. Schisler isn’t asked to be a leader; she does it from within.
“It is something that she just believes in, and she does a good job of bringing the team together keeping them up.”
Being one of the leaders on the Campbell Softball team isn’t an easy thing to do, but Schisler’s teammates have quickly noticed the asset she’s become for the Camels.
“I trust Amber and we have been through a lot together,” said Madison Herring. “I think the biggest thing is that when you are in stressful situations, you look for people who have been through it before and Amber is one of the main people we look toward.”
Herring is cognizant of what Schisler provides to the team, and they are both close with Melissa Tullar, who holds down the first base spot on the diamond. All three girls trust one another. Tullar knows that Schisler keeps things real on and off the field.
“I think that Amber is very straightforward, and whenever we need to hear somebody; Amber is that person to help guide us,” said Tullar. “I really think her best quality is no matter what the score of the game is, she is always loud.”
Players mention that no matter if the game is going great or times are tough, Schisler has everyone’s back. Schisler’s view on herself as a leader, meanwhile, remains selfless.
“My teammates motivate me, and they are my sisters,” said Schisler. “As the season has gone on, I see us getting closer and it portrays out at practice. It makes my heart happy to see a group of girls all playing for each other.”
Becoming a strong leader on the field didn’t just happen overnight for Schisler. Time and patience were vital in her development as a leader for Campbell Softball.
“It was a big transition for me [becoming a leader on the team], and I think it was a matter of working hard while doing what you are supposed to do,” noted Schisler.
As the Fighting Camels head into the heart of Big South play, Schisler recognizes the importance of playing her role both on the diamond and as one of the main leaders.
“I think it naturally comes to a balance and people to start look for you. Whether it is communicating with the team or coaches, somewhere at my time at Campbell people starting to me for things; I took on that role and ran with it.”
The Fighting Camels return to action Saturday in a doubleheader at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium starting at 1:00 pm as they take on the Liberty Flames in a three-game set. Make sure to follow @GoCamelsSB on Twitter for the latest updates.