AROUND the HORN with Allison McClain
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hi again and welcome back. We are just 10 days and counting until the end of a great college experience and one week left of regular season play. Thanks for sticking it out with us all season long and reading my weekly blog, Around the Horn. It’s been a blast!


We are coming off a pretty emotional weekend having dropped two games to Summit League foe, Southern Utah. I say emotional because it was the final home conference series for our three seniors, Emerald, Leslie, and myself.


Heading into the three game series, we knew the Thunderbirds would be ready to play. Our position in league play gave us a lead on them, though in the end, our bats, pitching, and defense never seemed to unite as one unit.


Game one was an up and down battle for us, only posting two hits, while playing stellar defense and posting a solid pitching performance. It was disappointing that we weren’t able to pull off the win, allowing SUU to feel as if they were that much better than us.


In game two, we refocused and were able to put up several hits and win, again, playing with a dominant pitcher on the mound. Saturday was definitely a day that caused mixed emotions for three of us. Leslie, Emerald, and I took a walk down to the field for our last home Saturday game at the Centenary Softball Complex. Smiles filled our faces, though sadness was felt inside.


Our team did a great job making us feel special with decorations and gifts. Our families were able to share the excitement with us as they walked us out to our accomplishments over the last four years. It was nice to know how much support we have had since our start back in 2005.


The game couldn’t have been a better battle from start to finish on that day. Going 11 strong innings against SUU made the day worth every minute, though in the end, we fell 1-0. It was a tough loss, though deep down, we each knew our strongest effort was there and at that point, that is all we could ask for out of each other.


After the game, we were able to enjoy our cookout that our dad’s love doing for us every chance they get. Memories were shared and lots and lots of pictures were taken. Thanks for a great day!


It wasn’t our usual relaxing Sunday, though we were able to celebrate the accomplishments of being a Centenary student-athlete at the All-Sports Banquet. Held every year, student-athletes, coaches, and supportive faculty members gathered to congratulate yet, another successful season of being a DIVISION I athlete at the smallest school in the nation.


We had the privilege of listening to an amazing guest speaker. He shared messages of character, perseverance, never giving up hope, and staying positive. His witty sense of humor and personal experiences enabled us as athletes to feel quite connected with every message he wanted us to hear. Our team is in the most crucial and stressful part of our season with finals next week along with conference tournament creeping up around the corner. His enlightenment gave us a new light where it seemed quite dark for a while. We are approaching every little step towards finishing a successful season with hope, a positive attitude, and strong character. Our season is now what we make of it and that’s the most exciting part about it all.


I leave you this week with the last of my teammates for this season. I have had a blast and I hope you have as well getting to know a little about what is behind the minds of Centenary softball players.


First up, a freshman utility player from Louisiana...she loves to smile and works hard to stay positive every step of the way.


Vicki Honeycutt #25



St. Francisville, LA

West Feliciana HS



AM: Major/Minor?

VH: Kinesiology
AM: A movie title to describe your present life?

VH: Happy Gilmore
AM: Favorite sport other than softball?

VH: tennis
AM: Something you fear?

VH: failure
AM: Happiness...

VH: is like peeing in your pants! Everyone can see it but only you can
feel it!
AM: What are you looking forward to over the summer?

VH: I am looking forward to visiting with my family and friends back home!
I am also excited about having more time on my hands!!!!!
AM: If you were to have any teammate as a sister, who would it be?

VH: I think of all of them as sisters. We are a huge family. We spend
every waking hour together. We support one another and always have a
shoulder to lean on when we need it. Our family is not perfect, but I
can’t pick out one family that is.

AM: I see myself in 10 years...

VH: working in Kinesiology, married, starting a family, and living in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana.
AM: Favorite color?

VH: Blue and Purple
AM: A professional athlete you would love to meet one day...

VH: I would love to meet Roger Federer (tennis)
AM: Favorite road trip snack?

VH: I usually bring with me a variety of snacks such as: cheddar cheese
crackers, blow pops, Doritos, sweet tarts or sour patch kids, and some
kind of chocolate like M&M’s!

AM: Anything exciting happen this season?

VH: The trip to Florida for a tournament @ Stetson!!! We got the
opportunity to relax on the beach and go to Universal Studios while we
were there!

AM: I smile most when...

VH: I get paid, which is every two weeks!
AM: I can’t live without...

VH: Ice Cream!!!! It’s so yummy!
AM: Favorite quote?

VH: The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.


Following Vicki is another freshman. A transfer who joined us at the semester break, a local product from Airline HS...


Kalyn Harris #20


1st Base/DP

Bossier City, Louisiana

Airline HS


AM: Major/Minor?

KH: Health and Exercise Science

AM: If you could be on any reality television show, what would it be?

KH: I love New York, just because she is crazy!

 AM: Can’t go on the road without...

KH: My Widdle Pookie Pants! ..my bear if you’re wondering!

 AM: 3 words to describe yourself...

KH: Fantastic, fantastic, and umm pretty freaking fantastic!

AM: Most embarrassing moment?

KH: When I was younger I crawled under the bed to get something and got my hair caught and it pulled out a huge chuck of hair and I basically bawled for awhile.

 AM: What is something others would be shocked to know about you?

KH: What I did last night! ;)

AM: Nickname?

KH: Kay Bay Bay!

AM: Celebrity crush?

KH: Can’ tell you, you don’t share your crushes name with people, that’s VERY bad!

AM: Current homepage on your computer?

KH: You REALLY don’t want to know ha..

AM: If you could sing any song at karaoke night, what would it be?

KH: “Oops..I did it again..”

AM: Centenary softball...

KH: I think the dots after explain it perfectly, haha jk it’s great, I love it!

AM: Future goals...

KH: To sky dive actually!

AM: Favorite food?

KH: Chicken!

AM: Favorite quote?

KH: "I’m trapped in a maze, therefore I am AMAZING" :) lil wayne baby!

Well, that is all I have for this week. We play Northwestern State this Wednesday in a double header beginning at 4:30 p.m. for our last home games of the season. After that, we pack and head to Fargo, North Dakota to play NDSU in a three game series beginning on Friday. Wish us luck!


Until next week,


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


For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain #8