Ali Aguilar

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HOMETOWN: Orangevale, CA    
BIRTHDAY: August 28, 1995    
COLLEGE: University of Washington   
EQUIPMENT: Wilson Custom 2020 A2K 1787, Evoshield PRO-SRZ Batter’s Elbow, Wrist, and Leg Guards, DeMarini Custom 2020 FNX Rising [-9], DeMarini CF Batting Glove, and Evoshield XGT Batting Glove

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Ali Aguilar

How would you describe this team?

I just think our team’s very fun and relaxed -- we are still super competitive but we don't make the moments too high or too low, you know? We are just ourselves

What does it mean to see softball in the Olympics?

For it to be in the Olympics is huge for the growth of our sport and will hopefully show the world how great this game truly is. It also gives young girls the opportunity to dream of getting to compete in the Olympics one day too.

How has your game changed over the years?

As my hitting game’s evolved, I went from being someone that was just fast and tried to get on base, to someone that can make the game change with one swing.

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What advice would you give young players?

If you strike out or if something doesn't go your way, you just treat it as a fluke. Be super confident and don’t take your failures so heavily. Because for me, I analyze things a lot. And in hitting, a lot of people overthink things Whenever something would go wrong [my coach would] be like "It's a fluke. Don't worry about it. Go out there and play defense.” Challenge yourself to get better. I think people get challenged and then they retreat but take the challenges. They're an opportunity to learn and grow. And just work hard, do everything you can. Don't retreat just because it doesn't work out always. Continue to find a way to make it work.

Ali Aguilar

When did you know you wanted to go all the way with softball?

I think when I was watching the Olympics in '04 and '08. I never really had a specific player or anything, but I remember standing in front of my TV pretending to be them and looking up to them. I think that's where the dream started ---being able to even have those players to look up to. Females in sports don't always have someone to look up to. But I think that moment was inspiring for me. Like, "OK. I can maybe go to the Olympics." And obviously for a while [softball] was out of the Olympics, but to be able to be in this era where it's back? It's cool.

What's your go-to walk-up song?

In college I had "Live with Abandon." It's a Christian song.

Ali Aguilar

How would you describe this team?

I just think our team’s very fun and relaxed -- we are still super competitive but we don't make the moments too high or too low, you know? We are just ourselves

What does it mean to see softball in the Olympics?

For it to be in the Olympics is huge for the growth of our sport and will hopefully show the world how great this game truly is. It also gives young girls the opportunity to dream of getting to compete in the Olympics one day too.

How has your game changed over the years?

As my hitting game’s evolved, I went from being someone that was just fast and tried to get on base, to someone that can make the game change with one swing.

Ali Aguilar & Aso

What advice would you give young players?

If you strike out or if something doesn't go your way, you just treat it as a fluke. Be super confident and don’t take your failures so heavily. Because for me, I analyze things a lot. And in hitting, a lot of people overthink things Whenever something would go wrong [my coach would] be like "It's a fluke. Don't worry about it. Go out there and play defense.” Challenge yourself to get better. I think people get challenged and then they retreat but take the challenges. They're an opportunity to learn and grow. And just work hard, do everything you can. Don't retreat just because it doesn't work out always. Continue to find a way to make it work.

Ali Aguilar

When did you know you wanted to go all the way with softball?

I think when I was watching the Olympics in '04 and '08. I never really had a specific player or anything, but I remember standing in front of my TV pretending to be them and looking up to them. I think that's where the dream started ---being able to even have those players to look up to. Females in sports don't always have someone to look up to. But I think that moment was inspiring for me. Like, "OK. I can maybe go to the Olympics." And obviously for a while [softball] was out of the Olympics, but to be able to be in this era where it's back? It's cool.

What's your go-to walk-up song?

In college I had "Live with Abandon." It's a Christian song.

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