Turnin' Two with Allison McClain
Tuesday, February 5, 2008



Hey Centenary softball fans, I’m back. And it’s Mardi Gras break here at school, though as usual most of the residence halls are still occupied by athletes as we are in season preparing for this upcoming weekend at Texarkana.


Over the last week, heading into our opening scrimmages against BPCC, our focus has been to build and maintain a sense of confidence amongst ourselves whether at the plate, pitching, or defending hits—we have had to learn that it’s acceptable to just loosen up and play softball and not worry about always being perfect.


Teammate Amy Wiedeman, myself, and our coaches all attended the Spring C Club luncheon last week where we were able to meet and greet with alums, donors, and athletic supporters of Centenary. This was a chance for us to thank those who have given us the support and provided us with the new additions to our field: the netting, brick backstop, and our new dugouts.


Coach Montgomery spoke about the excitement of this season. He mentioned our continued hard work and positive outlook on a conference championship. This luncheon was a way for the spring sports to come together and share their goals and insights on their specific teams.


I personally felt very honored to attend as I was able to meet sports writers for the Shreveport Times and discuss my future plans.  After speaking with the Times’ writers, our team will begin a Centenary Softball blog located on the Times website where several members of our team will share the inside scoop on the season for the community to read. So check it out soon.


This past Friday, Haley, Brittany, Beth, Ryan, Alli, and I attended the rally for Matthew Campbell. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Campbell family and community lined the Fitness Center track to cheer on Matthew as he proved to be a fighter that most athletes always dream of being. We keep him and his family close to our hearts and know that he is in a much better place now. He is a true representation of a fighter and hero to all of us in Centenary Athletics.


As most of you guys know, we opened the season with scrimmages against local rival BPCC. With several of us battling injuries, we proved to be the dominant force in the Shreveport-Bossier area easily beating the Cavaliers. Several players shined on the opening day at the plate. Freshman Caitlin Cavarra continued her prowess from the fall, connecting on a homerun in the opening game to begin the rally as we were down. Senior Lauren Flowers also belted a three run homerun in the last game putting us ahead 4-3. Each of our pitchers, Ryan Thacker, Lauren Highsmith, and Stacy Whitmer, proved to be ready as they consistently dominated hitters throughout the entire day.


It was a long day at the ballpark, but ultimately our offensive force outweighed all other aspects on the day. Hopefully, we can take those hits and the confidence at the plate into this weekend as the competition steps up a notch as we face Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and UAB.


...so as most of Louisiana is beaded up with purple, green, and gold, our team is geared up in maroon and white preparing for the opening day of our season. We play this Friday against Oklahoma State in Texarkana at 4:30 p.m., Saturday against UAB at 10 a.m. and Sunday against Arkansas at 2 p.m. Wish us luck!


See you next week!


“I come to play everyday.” –David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox


for the love of the game,

 -Allison McClain