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Turnin' Two with Allison McClain
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

4/29/08

 

Softball fans, welcome back once again. What a week—an exciting one at that. We hosted our last conference home series and came away with some huge and memorable wins.

 

Heading into early last week, a sense of fatigue seemed to pester our team. The ideas of finals approaching, papers and presentations nearing, and conference tournament on the line filtered in and out of our minds as if being a student-athlete was a tough job (haha). Okay, so it can be tough at times, but that is what makes us who we are. We work hard on and off the field to represent Centenary to the best of our abilities—and lately, we have done just that.

 

Last Wednesday, we traveled to Northwestern State, our closest in-state rival, whom we have a serious past with, though it seems. The Demons from Natchitoches put a little pressure on us in the first inning, scoring three runs. But in the end, our composure, consistency on the mound by sophomore Stacy Whitmer, and a big blast from freshman Bonnie Matak—we left their field victorious in a tight, 4-3 ballgame.

 

So, even though the game against NSU wasn’t what we had hoped, we came out and responded against Summit League foe, Western Illinois. If anyone keeps track of conference softball, you know WIU is always a tight match up against us, or at least since I have been here.

 

Coming into this past weekend, we knew #1 seed in the conference tournament was on the line and playing for much more than a spot in the tournament meant much more to us. All year long we have battled significant injuries and adversity in every facet on and off the field, but I can honestly say, this past weekend felt so deserving as we swept the Westerwinds from Macomb, Illinois.

 

We had big time plays, offensively and defensively, from almost every member of our team. A three run homerun by senior Jennifer Martin, a walk off grand slam by senior Amy Wiedeman, a four hitter, giving up just one run by freshman pitcher Lauren Highsmith, and SportsCenter catches by junior shortstop Emerald Doria and senior second baseman Lauren Flowers.

 

Those plays and many little things contributed to three huge TEAM wins this weekend. Right now, we still sit in second place behind newcomer North Dakota State, who cannot advance to the Summit League tournament, therefore putting us in the #1 seed as of now. Our goal this weekend against IPFW is to make it happen.

 

Senior Day celebrations were held on Saturday as family and friends gathered to honor our four teammates who will conclude their softball career this season. Jennifer Martin, Lauren Flowers, Lyn Virdell, and Amy Wiedeman all have had break out moments throughout their careers here at Centenary. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

We host Northwestern State tonight in our final home game of the season L beginning at 5:30 p.m. Come out and support us as we plan to, once again, beat an in-state rival this season, working towards a possible 40-win season.

 

On Thursday, we leave Centenary for Fort Wayne, Indiana where we play IPFW in our last regular season conference match up. Wish us luck as we hope to bring the #1 seed back to Shreveport before heading back to Utah to win the Summit League Championship.

 

Nearing the end... I hope to see you here again next week!

 

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

 

For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain #8