AROUND the HORN with Allison McClain
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hello! I find myself blogging from sunny Florida where palm trees and the smell of fresh air surround me every moment. So, this week—on the road, I’m coming to you Around the Horn.

 

Our long trek across several states began on Saturday, as we loaded our sleeper bus for an expected eventful 17-hour trip. A dinner stop, a new driver pickup began our night when 17 girls and three coaches found ourselves passed out by 11 p.m. in our bunks for night on the road.

 

12 p.m. on Sunday—we arrived in Deland, Florida (just 45 or so minutes outside of Orlando)—home of Stetson University without the ability to check into our hotel rooms, because of that, we then decided to reroute our bus to Stetson’s field for a light practice.

 

After a hit-a-around and some defense, we finally had the chance to relax and enjoy a few hours away from one another (haha).

 

Day 2 on the adventurous road trip: Universal Studios. An early wakeup call was worth the sleepy eyes and moans from my roommates in hopes of having an eventful day at one of Florida’s key attractions for any tourist (or young women who love the thrill of a roller coaster and simulation rides).

 

We loaded the bus again for a 45-minute drive to Orlando. A day at the park gave us a chance to enjoy some time off from softball. As a team, we stayed together most of the time, which was a lot of fun considering most of us live for the thrill of amusement parks.

 

 Lots and lots of photographs, a few loud screams, and 3-D glasses consumed most of our afternoon. Lunch at Hard Rock Café was a treat, as this specific one is considered the World’s Largest.

 

By far, my favorite rides consisted of the roller coasters, the Hulk and the Dueling Dragons (Fire and Ice), which I think most of my teammates would agree. The chance to experience a place like Universal my senior year was worth the four-year wait, as I have found it so fascinating to visit places of such notable remarks as a student-athlete here at Centenary.

 

Thus far, our trip has been entertaining in a many ways. With a planned week here, much more fun is expected as we will focus on winning games throughout the many Florida adventures our coaches have arranged for us.

 

Though our trip is so fascinating to hear about...it’s probably time for me to introduce teammate #3. Many of you many remember her remarkable Sportscenter-like catches, clutch hitting, and focused play on the field over the last three years, but I guarantee many of you don’t know her like we do...

 

I bring to you this week...

 

Emerald Doria #14

Senior

Short-Stop

San Antonio, Texas

Holmes HS

 

A: Major?

E: Health and Exercise Science

 

A: Best softball moment?

E: having my dad see my first homerun

 

A: Favorite professional athlete?

E: A-Rod, well before the whole steroids case, now—Cal Ripkin Jr. jumps way ahead

 

A: No one knows that I...

E: love family bonding, especially when I have a close friend there too

 

A: A song I can’t live without hearing...

E: a sad slow country song like “Neon Moon” by Brooks and Dunn

 

A: Favorite food?

E: Steak...I’m a Meatatarian.

 

A: I am most happy when...

E: I am stuffing my face usually or shhh....don’t tell  anyone, but when I am playing football.

 

A: How does it feel being a senior?

E: my life is moving way too fast and I feel like an old lady

 

A: Looking forward to most this season?

E: winning a championship, so I can leave Centenary with a ring

 

A: Dream vacation?

E: to Rome with someone I love to see the Coliseum

 

A: When I’m in need of a good laugh, I turn too...

E: watching Reba. I love her—she can really make me laugh.

 

A: Plans after graduation...

E: continue playing softball professionally in Milan, Italy

 

A: Who would you want to play you in a movie?

E: me, because I would want to be in a movie. But if I had to choose, Eva Mendes could do the honor.

 

A: If you could karaoke to one song, it would be...

E: if I ever moved my singing career to the next level from the shower...”Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

 

A: Best part about Centenary...

E: feeling like it’s not on the map and being a part of the softball program that I feel is making it a mark on the map

 

A: I must always have...

E: sports in my life and shoes

 

I know its sad that I leave you now until next week, but trust me...I will have many stories to tell and entertaining adventures to share I imagine. So hang tight and keep up with us while we begin our games today against Central Florida beginning at 3 p.m. (eastern).

 

We meet Stetson on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (eastern) and have Thursday to enjoy the beaches of Florida. Friday and Saturday we open at Stetson’s tournament against Kentucky at 11 a.m. (eastern), as we will battle Stetson, Maryland, and Kentucky over the weekend.

 

Visit www.GoCentenary.com for live stats on our games. Enjoy! Go Ladies!

 

Until next week,

 

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

 

For the love of the game,

-Allison McClain #8