Turnin' Two with Allison McClain
Tuesday, May 6, 2008



Hi fans of Centenary Ladies softball! School is slowly winding down this week as we approach the end...but inching closer and closer to the most exciting part of our season—The Summit League Tournament Championship.


The immediate release on gocentenary.com states it much better:

“The Centenary softball team secured the top seed in the upcoming Summit League Softball Championship by taking two of three games at IPFW last weekend. The Ladies will be looking for their third tournament win since joining the conference in 2004 when they take the field this weekend in Cedar City, Utah.”


Yes, we claimed the top seed in conference with our two wins last weekend over IPFW and boy was it exciting. As our conference is always so competitive, never knowing which team can take a win from another—this year we proved to be extremely dominant, ending with a conference record of 17-7.


Like I have said many times, we have grown to be a well-rounded team that fights to be the best in all facets of the game. Every player has had a shining moment throughout the season, whether it is a game ending homerun, a complete game shutout, a pinch run, a squeeze bunt, or diving catch—everyone of my teammates has contributed to our many TEAM victories.


After beginning the season off at 2-13 at one point, I personally felt like a dramatic change must happen, but I was wrong. All we needed was little things to happen, baby steps to work towards our ending goals. We worked hard to better ourselves, playing larger universities early and in now, nearing the end—it has been a meaningful experience.


Like all teams, we have had many great moments and many moments that have made us better people, but unlike most teams—we have an unbreakable bond as teammates. I can honestly say the 15 other girls I share every waking moment with on and off the field are like sisters. This bond has allowed us to work harder and harder at accomplishing what we play for—and that is to represent Centenary College and The Summit League in the NCAA.


Our Summit League opponents, like us, are preparing for this coming weekend. Though heading into the tournament as the #1 seed provides us with a little reassurance of how hard we have played and worked throughout the season. Coming in a little confident will only provide us with an edge, we hope.


As we travel to Southern Utah University on Wednesday to prepare for the tournament held on Friday and Saturday, we plan to remain strong, focused, and free from school as the semester ends prior to our departure to SUU.


The Summit League Tournament Championship will feature your Centenary Ladies, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, newcomer IPFW Mastodons, and the Western Illinois Westerwinds.


Our first game will be played Friday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. against Western Illinois—so follow us as we seek a berth to the NCAA tournament.


Wish us the best of luck! Go Ladies! Win BIG!


I hope to see you back again.


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


For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain #8