Julie's Journal #2

Oct. 10, 2007

First week of October ....

With another week of practice under our belts and another weekend of games, the team is really progressing well. Last weekend [Oct. 6-7] we were in the UOP fall tournament in Stockton, and played Pacific, Stanislaus, Humboldt St, and Nevada. Even though we won three of our four games, we really didn't look at the winning and losing as much as how well we played and how focused we were.

This year instead of having a traditional lineup, coach [Diane Ninemire] has been playing everyone. She said she's not as concerned with winning right now, but rather trying to get a feel of how everyone is playing, and to see who plays well with each other. It's a different approach than we are all used to, but I think it's really helping with our team chemistry. The way the lineup is designed is to bat in our jersey number order. The first game we went from 00 to 45 and the next game we went from 45 to 00. It changes every game with a new person as the lead off batter, but it always goes in number order. Along with batting the whole team, coach is having us all rotate positions every inning. So for example, a catcher will catch the first inning and then not again until the fifth. It is hard to try and stay focused when you know you won't play possibly for three or four innings. But it is a challenge that we are all trying to take on. It also helps us keep our focus throughout the entire game.

The UOP tournament also gave us a chance to flex our offensive muscle, including staging a rally after being down by four runs. A few of the girls hit some impressive home runs, including a pair of newcomers -- Sanoe Kekahuna and Savannah Hensley.

All in all it was a good weekend and we had a lot of fun on and off the field. Before the weekend was over we headed to Ripon to Heather Camara's house as a team for dinner. Heather's mom had some great food and some parents brought some really awesome desserts! Gina [Leomiti] and I went in the pool, which probably wasn't our best idea since it was only about 66 degrees, but it was fun. We had a great time playing a few card games and Jenga before leaving to head back to Berkeley to start another week of practice.

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