Turnin' Two with Allison McClain
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

4/8/08

 

Ladies’ fans, welcome back! This past week has been stressful as we are fighting the end of school and the deepest and most challenging part of our season. We made a great run at our school’s consecutive win record of any sport, just two games shy of tying. Though, in the end, even though our streak came to an end, it was by far the best feeling I have ever had while playing ball at Centenary.

 

Nothing is more exciting than winning games, until you begin winning more and more in a row. Our 14 game winning streak ended with two losses last Friday against South Dakota State. But before the end of our exciting run....we managed to take care of a little retaliation.

 

After tying the record at 13 wins, we had the weekend off to recuperate from such a busy month. With that needed off weekend, we bounced back and beat Stephen F. Austin 1-0 at home. The win was sweet because of our failure to take care of business when we faced them earlier this season in the Oklahoma State tournament. But this time we did, and it was well deserved.

 

The neatest thing about our team is that on any given day, any ballpark, any opponent, it is someone different that pulls through. It may be two or three players, but there is always the opportunity for any teammate to have a great day. That is what makes us so special. Having us take care of the little things like laying down perfect sacrifice bunts, a bloop single to lead off an inning, a great jump and scoring off a passed ball, or simply a clutch double to drive in three is the force behind our team.

 

Leading conference with a perfect 9-0 record, we flew out to Omaha, Nebraska to face South Dakota State in a three game series. Not knowing much about the Jackrabbits, we went in just knowing how we play. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the job done on Friday, dropping two to the blue and gold.

 

A little shocked, I must admit. I personally felt very strange and forgot how it felt to lose a game. Our team definitely mourned our losses for the day, but bounced back quickly on Saturday and took the final game in extra innings. We showed heart through a little adversity and fatigue after having flown all day on Thursday and playing on a neutral field at Creighton University, where the outfield was Astroturf.

 

Things are still going well for us in conference even though we dropped two of three at SDSU. We are currently in first place with a 10-2 record and are a perfect 12-0 at home. With two years at Centenary under my belt, I have never once been so excited to play a game of softball with team confidence. The idea of being the “team to beat” in conference play makes it much more fun to cleat up and hit the diamond.

 

We are the team to beat and we will continue to show everyone that “little Centenary” in Shreveport, Louisiana fights, and with fighting comes winning, and with winning comes celebration. Conference is heating up as we fly out to Las Vegas and drive on into Cedar City, Utah to face Southern Utah—a conference opponent who is always a championship contender as we are this year. I look forward to a great weekend of softball, but first we play host to North Texas on Wednesday in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

 

This game will serve as our “Maroon Out” game, so come dressed in maroon and cheer us on as we play for a home record of 14-0. Go Ladies!

 

Again, congrats to sophomore pitcher and teammate Stacy Whitmer for the Summit League Pitcher of the Week honor!

 

See you next week!

 

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

 

For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain