Mashpee High School’s softball team is building toward good things, and with just one senior the future looks bright. However, that one senior is going to be very tough to replace.
Corey Andrade patrols center field like an expert for the Falcons. The speedy outfielder makes the jobs of the right and left fielders much easier because she can cover most of the green grass behind the infield herself. Andrade has also been a weapon at the top of the order over the years for MHS as a table-setter. The combination of a solid bat and great wheels allow her to reach base frequently and wreak havoc once she’s there.
The affable outfielder is the daughter of Tara and Jason Andrade. Her only sibling, Jason, was also a standout athlete at MHS. Corey was an all-star in the South Shore League last year on the diamond, and she has also served as one of the school’s fall cheerleaders. In school, she said that art is her favorite subject and she considers her DeMarini softball bat to be her most-prized possession.
“The Sandlot” is Corey’s favorite movie and “Game of Thrones” is her favorite TV show. She said that she enjoys all kinds of music and her favorite follows on social media are Rihanna, Chris Brown, David Dobrik and Sydney Romero. Steak and jag is her favorite meal with either Bubble Tea or Sprite to drink, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
How did you get involved with softball? How much do you enjoy it?
I started by playing T-ball when I was 5, then I started playing softball when I was 7, and Charlie Schmelzer was my coach. Softball is my favorite sport. I love playing the game!
Speed is a big part of your game. Describe how you use it to try to help the team.
I use my speed by being the leadoff batter and I’m a center fielder, so if the ball is about to drop in the middle of me, Maggie (our shortstop), and Hailey (second base), I’m fast enough to reach the ball in time.
The Falcons have been playing well this season. What will it take to make the state tournament, and what do you think the team’s potential is for a deep run?
We just have to give our 110 percent throughout the whole game, and not get in our head, because we’re a phenomenal team and we work hard for our wins. I believe this team has great potential, and we’ll make it far. Even though I’m the only senior graduating this year, I believe this team will keep rising.
You also have been a cheerleader at Mashpee. Describe your position on the team. How much did you enjoy that sport?
I’ve been on the cheer team since my freshman year. I was a flyer for three years, then I became a base my senior year. I was also captain my senior year with Emma Nunes and Taylor Rose. I love cheer, especially with all the girls on the team. We’re all really close.
What are the differences between cheerleading as a sport, and competing with the softball team? What are the similarities?
The difference between the two sports are that for cheerleading we practice every day to perfect this one routine, and cheer on the football boys at their games. But, with softball, we’re playing our own game with different elements. Cheerleading, you throw girls in the air; softball, you just throw a ball. But, they are similar, too. Both teams are like home for me. We’ve really made a family out of both of those teams.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
I would love to replay our Carver game. That was one of the best! Every year we play Carver; it’s always, 2-1, them; but this year we came out on top with an 11-5 win. I also had a great hitting game.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I would say the highlight would be two years ago. We just got a new coach, Alexis Charest, and we didn’t know how this season was going to work out, but we had a great coach and an amazing team and we made it to tournament and that’s always been our goal through any season.
Who is the best teammate you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
I would have to say Sydney Pinsonneault. She’s a great softball player, has a great throw and can really hit the ball. But, what makes her stand out is that she never really gets in her head. She’s always happy and ready to play the game and if she messes up, she laughs, shakes it off and is ready for the next play.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
On my team I’m known for my superstitions. A couple of them are: when we come in to hit, I have to keep my sunglasses in my glove; and even if it’s cloudy I always have to wear my sunglasses; when lining up our helmets and bats I have to have my helmet first and my bat right next to it; and the last one: I’m center fielder, so I always have to bring a ball out to throw, and I need to be the one to throw it in.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I’ve learned was that you have to be humble playing any game, because if you go in saying I’m the best, no one’s going to beat me, but in the end you’re going to get in your head if you mess up and you’re not going to play your game. Like my coach always says, “You want to be confident, not cocky.”
Who has been your inspiration?
My family has been my inspiration; they always push me to be the best that I can be and I know they are always gonna be in my corner through everything.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like thank my family for always supporting me in anything I do and I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for always having my back through thick and thin. Love you all.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The only place I’ve visited before was Florida; it’s a great place. But the place I’ve always dreamed of going is Australia. It’s so beautiful and I want to go to Lake Hillier because it’s bright pink.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference between my freshman year and my senior year would be my confidence level and my outlook on life. The advice I would give myself would be always keep your head up because you’re going to do great things someday.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I can binge-watch a whole eight-season TV series in two weeks.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
The person I would want to switch places with would be Raegan Rogers. She plays the outfield on the Oklahoma Sooners, and they are my favorite college softball team.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
The perfect day for me would be hanging out with my friends, having a good time at at the beach just soaking up the sun.
What are your post-high school plans?
I am going to 4Cs and doing their dental hygiene program.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
Hopefully, I will have my own family by then, have my own house, and be able to support them with the job I have. But, most importantly, be the happiest person I can be.