Turnin' Two with Allison McClain
Tuesday, April 22, 2008



Welcome back fans! It seems overwhelming right now to think about the short amount of time we have left until the end of the school year, which also means Summit League play is nearly ending as well.


This weekend was by far a challenging one for us as we battled North Dakota State in a pivotal conference series at home. The Bison ended up taking all three games from us. These three losses still keep us in the running for the #1 seed in our conference tournament.


So much is happening over the next few weeks that sleep and relaxation do not exist in our lives right now. With tests, papers, finals, presentations, to go along with winning softball games and practicing when not competing—we are still remaining strong. As a team, we have not let up.


Even though the weekend did not go as planned and we came short of claiming the regular season championship with the three losses to league leader, NDSU, we have our eyes on the bigger prize, winning The Summit League Championship and advancing to the NCAA Regional (something that I haven’t been a part of since my career started here at Centenary).


I spoke with my roommate, Ryan Thacker, about the season thus far and we both agree that we will not allow this past weekend to set us back from our goal of winning the tournament. Our team is too strong and too talented to let a single weekend sweep prevent us from playing our game.


We have a huge weekend coming up as we host Western Illinois, where taking all three games is our ideal goal. This series means a lot as we will be faced with obstacles from this past weekend, but it will also show how we hold up under pressure.


This weekend means much more to all of us as it will be the last conference series our four seniors will see on their home field. Each senior has brought something different to the team, but in the end—that is what makes us so special.


I will start off by introducing each of them individually:


#2 Lauren Flowers from San Antonio, Texas

            We call her Flowers, but who wouldn’t when someone has such a cool last name like that. Flowers is one of our two captains this year and she has shown off her versatility playing centerfield, second base, first base, short stop, and catcher in her career at Centenary. Her athletic ability combined with her coaching-like mentality has proven to be a key asset to our team over the course of the season. She never seems to take a play off and is always focused day in and day out. Flowers will be truly missed by all of us.


#11 Lyn Virdell from Claremore, Oklahoma

            Lyn’s season was cut short due to injuries, but her enthusiastic demeanor has given our team spirit and pride throughout. Over the course of her career, she has been a middle infielder that showcases her great range. She always seems to have something up her sleeve, whether it’s a joke, a cool new saying, or an impersonation of someone else. We will always remember, “Lyn, tuck in your shirt.”


#12 Jennifer Martin from Ft. Worth, Texas


            JMar is what we call her. She has grown to be one of our strongest outfielders playing left field this season. Her ability to understand the game at such a high level makes her a truly unique teammate. Off the field, JMar brings intelligence and leadership as she is involved in numerous organizations and honor societies on campus. She will be missed greatly as will her bandanas. I guess I’m going to have to take over next season L.


#22 Amy Wiedeman from Houston, Texas


            Amy’s power and speed combined make her such a cool ball player to watch. She will hit the longest homeruns anyone has ever seen and steal bases when no one is expecting. Her drive and determination to be on the field every game makes her difficult to compare. Amy’s “go get her” attitude is evident when she is playing and that alone, we will miss.


With all that said, the seniors of this season each possess qualities that are evident in our success thus far. We look, as a team, to continue striving for our ultimate goals as we near the end of the road and near the last collegiate games they play.


We are working hard on and off the field to make these last few weeks enjoyable.


Our team heads to I-49 and instate rival Northwestern State tomorrow for a single game at 5:30 p.m. and we then host Western Illinois in conference beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday. Senior Day celebrations will be held prior to the Saturday game against Western Illinois.


Come out and show a little spirit! Last home series of the year, so wear maroon and cheer loud.


See you here next week!


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


For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain #8