AROUND the HORN with Allison McClain
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Greetings away from the dirt and Happy St. Patrick’s Day softball fans! Centenary Ladies and I welcome you back for another week of Around the Horn.

 

It might seem a little strange to celebrate the fact that the sun is shining and our outfield grass is nearing its original color of bright green, but in truth, it’s worth the excitement after a miserable last week fighting the powers of Mother Nature.

 

With Summit League play opening up this past weekend, we, as hosts of IPFW’s visit over the weekend, worked hard to make sure games were played somehow throughout the three or so inches of rain that soaked our field in just a few days.

 

Though Friday’s double-header was cancelled, we managed to sneak two games in on Saturday under the cloudy sky and cold wind chill. Game one was what we had prepared for during pre-season. Our team came out with the intention of ending the game early in five innings and we found a way to put up eight runs, while sophomore Jessica Bock tossed her first no-hitter of her Centenary career.

 

Our bats were hot and we were able to live by our team motto and “do the little things.” Each player contributed in some way during that opening league win either by laying down a sacrifice bunt, executing a perfect first and third play, putting the ball in play with runners in scoring position, as well as dominating the circle with solid and consistent pitching performance.

 

As much as game one deserved to be recognized as an all-out performance, we failed to continue the strong play, coming out in game two a little complacent. Our bats struggled to adjust and we allowed too many Mastodon base runners on early and weren’t able to narrow an early deficit by them.  We fell 5-1 to IPFW in our second match up, splitting the two-game series.

 

Summit League play always opens new doors for teams and players, as well as provide different ways to approach a season. Our non-conference schedule prior to last weekend was strong, though we are now in the most important part of our season and from here on, league play is our priority.

 

We are excited to have this week to work on “little things” before meeting UMKC next Monday and Tuesday at home.

 

But before we meet the Kangaroos, we face Tulsa on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Texas A&M-CC on Thursday for a double-header beginning at 2 p.m. All three games will be played at our home field.

 

I hope to see you all there wearing maroon and white.

 

As always, I now will introduce one of my teammates. She stands just under 5 feet tall and smears eye black across her face for every game. The Shreveport native is not only one of my senior classmates, as well as a teammate, she is my roommate. So...I bring to you....

 

Leslie Postles #10

Senior

Outfield

Shreveport, LA

C.E. Byrd HS

 

AM: Major?

LP: Health and Exercise Science

 

AM: Plans after graduation?

LP: attend Physical Therapy school and take a break from working out!

 

AM: Favorite food?

LP: candy

 

AM: If you share your life story on any talk show, which one would it be?

LP: Jerry Springer—they would spice it up and make my life seem much more interesting than it really is.

 

AM: If you could be any celebrity for a day, who would it be?

LP: Britney Spears—she’s back and I love it.

 

AM: I am most excited when...

LP: I get to spend time with my friends and we can have play time.

 

AM: Being a senior...

LP: means I’m graduating, but also means more school. L

 

AM: I can’t help but think about ________________ when I’m alone.

LP: if I could make it as a rapper

 

AM: The song that describes my current life...

LP: “Krazy” by Pitbull

 

AM: Biggest pet peeve.

LP: liars and hypocrites

 

AM: If I were to become a sports agent for any athlete, it would be...

LP: Chipper Jones—my future husband.

 

AM: Describe yourself in three words.

LP: passionate, unpredictable, and gangster

 

AM: When I travel with the softball team, I have to pack ______________ or else.

LP: SNACKS—or else I starve in the dugout

 

AM: Centenary College softball...

LP: provides me with my life’s entertainment

 

AM: Favorite quote?

LP: “You guys give up? Or are ya thirsty for more?”—Kevin McAllister, Home Alone

 

Until next week...

 

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

 

For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain #8