Selected by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association
Kristen Brown, an Intensity alum class of 2012, was named a 2015 Third Team All-American this week. The Long Island, NY native joined the Intensity organization during her senior year, and made a huge impact from start to finish in her time with us. I have been lucky enough to have played with Brown in her solo season with our program under Kevin O'Donnell, and from the first time I met her at Bert Willis Park, I knew that she was going to make a difference for our team and in her college career. Guess what: she did.
Though she was a top pitcher for high school who was named the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for New York, she was an even better shortstop. She had a canon for an arm and range that made plays in the 5-6 hole look routine, but it was her bat that did most of the talking. The Long Island slugger had a record-breaking year for the Tar Heels this season topping the school record for home runs in a single season (24), RBIs in a single season (67), and the career home run record with 47, and we know there is more to come in her exit season in 2016. With an unbelievable .853 slugging percentage that led the way for the ACC conference, this is no shock to anyone especially to former coach, Kevin O'Donnell. He had this to say about Brown, "We are so proud of KB achieveing ALL-AMERICAN status. It is not surprising due to her dynamic offensve qualities which are layered with passion, dedication and hardwork! 'It's outta here' is KB's newest nickname."
Skill set aside, Brown is also known for being a great teammate here at Intensity and with the Tar Heels. Jillian Ferraro, Intensity Alum class of 2013 and UNC teammate, added, "KB is one of those players that goes hard 100% of the time. She's always willing to put in extra on the field and in the batting cages. She's a fun teammate to be around because she is humble and supportive of every player on the team. KB is a competitor and was always up to any challenge presented to her. It's no surprise to me that she beat the UNC home run record in her junior year." O'Donnell and Ferraro have said it well. There is no surprise in Brown's success for her work ethic, natural talent, and her respect for others in the game have lifted her to an incredible honor.
I had the opportunity to talk to Brown herself and this what she said about being honored, "This is what I've dreamed about since I was a little girl, so it's truly an honor to receive this award. I couldn't have done it without the awesome teammates I have behind me! I am so thankful and blessed to be a Tar Heel!"
Congratulations to Kristen and best of luck to her in her senior season! We are so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. We cannot wait to see what is in store in the rest of your journey from good to great! Thank you for representing Intensity on the big stage well.
Written by Gabriela Elvina
Georgetown University Class of 2017
Intensity Alum Class of 2013
Brittany O'Donnell, Intensity alum and coach of our 10U team, gives us the inside scoop of day 2 at OKC. The Tigers had a four hour practice that was challenged by some inclement weather, but that didn't stop them. They were able to practice indoors and outdoors at local fields to get their day's work in. That night they attended the WCWS pre-tournament reception for all teams and participated in some promotional media with the other 7 teams in Oklahoma City. But, what a better way to end the day then with candy! Softball aside, the sugar might be the Tigers' key to success. Stay tuned for more of the inside scoop of AU's experience at the WCWS.
Long Island native and University of Michigan third baseman, Lindsay Montemarano, has made it to the Women’s College World Series for the first time. In just her two years at Jersey Intensity, she was a difference maker for our program. I [Gabriela Elvina] have been blessed to play beside Montemarano for two years, and together be a part of a class that placed in the highest finish in Jersey Intensity history at the Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals our senior year. From my experience with her, I have learned much about what it truly means to “TCB”, an acronym used by many Intensity teams standing for Take Care of Business. She did just that. She’d climb the fence, dive head first, basically whatever it took to make those plays that made your jaw drop. Kristen Brown, a junior shortstop at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who is also a Long Island native, has played with Montemarano since they were growing up on Team Long Island, Jersey Inferno, and then finally made their way together to the Jersey Intensity organization. This is what Brown had to say about her former teammate, "I'm so excited to watch Lindsey compete. Growing up we have always played right by each other so I've been given the opportunity to play with such a great player! Anyone that's seen her play knows she plays with heart and swag." We were able to speak to Lindsay and ask her about her experience in postseason, her team, and more. Also, an inside scoop of the Michigan Wolverines' first day in Oklahoma City below!
Q1:Getting to Know You
HometownSeaford New York
SchoolSeaford High School
MajorEnglish, Minor in Marketing
# of Years on Intensity2
Q2:What separates your team from the other teams in postseason?
I think it has to be our Chemistry and Energy. We know each other on and off the field well, and genuinely enjoy each other's company and personality which allows us to stay loose and have fun!
Q3:What is the postseason atmosphere like?
It's incredible! We got to play at home this post season, and have had sold out crowds, which is about 2,500 plus people. We get the whole crowd involved in the wave and cheers, and just hearing the whole crowd cheer for you and sing the Victors is incredible and exhilarating!
Q4:What is your most memorable moment in your career?
So far, I would have to say the win in regionals last year at ASU, where we won two games against the Devils coming out of the losers bracket in 110 degree weather! We hit back to back home runs in the top of the seventh, then our center fielder robbed a walk off home run to win the game as well as earning the top play on ESPN's Sports Center. I remember standing at third base thinking our season was over, then turning and knowing Doyle was going to make the catch! I was so excited I didn't even know what to do so I just threw my glove on the ground and started running around screaming and hugging my teammates. The bus ride back to the hotel was honestly something I will never forget.
Q5:Here at Jersey Intensity, we preach that we are on a journey from good to great. Who has inspired you most in yours?
I would have to say my parents. Through all the struggles and tribulations, they have been their supporting me 100%! They never doubted me and were always there to push me and encourage me no matter what because they believed in me which made me believe in myself, and want to reach higher goals not only for me but for them! Also, everything Coach Kev and Suz, the whole O'Donnell family has done for me is something I can never repay them for. They have become family, and make me want to be the best to represent them and the Intensity!
Q6:How did Jersey Intensity prepare you for Division 1 college softball?
It put me in front of the best competition, so when I got to college, I already faced some of the best giving me confidence. Coach Kev and the other coaches also know how to push you to become better while showing support which allows you to believe in yourself and want to be better.
Q7:What advice can you give to younger Intensity players who want to follow your footsteps?
Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough. There are a lot of people who want to see you fail, but if you believe in yourself and dedicate yourself to working hard: any goal is possible.
Q8:Any superstitions or pre-game rituals?
I always have to put my game socks on before I go up to the team room to eat pre game meal. Also, before my at bat I take two swings then tap both corners of the inside of the plate.
Q9:Any other information, advice, or fun facts that you would like to share?
Softball is 25% talent and 75% mental. Sometimes negativity will creep in, but learn ways to block that and realize that you are good enough. Play one pitch softball and know that you love the game, don't worry about the outcome, trust the process because you are good enough! Now go out there and make some Pizza #SprinkleDaCheese!
DAY 1 OF THE WCWS: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
The Michigan Wolverines arrived in Oklahoma City on May 26th and have been nothing short of excited. Below is a link to their video of Day 1 in OKC. Keep on the lookout for more of the inside scoop of Montemarano and the Wolverines in their journey in "making pizza" at the Women's College World Series!!!