Breaking It Down With Bailey
March 11, 2009
Man, what do I say about Alabama? First of all, I'm pretty sure none of my teammates were jazzed about the five-hour, red-eye flight we took into Atlanta (leaving Seattle at 11 p.m.), then we hopped on a 30-minute flight to Birmingham only to be followed by a little over an hour bus ride to Tuscaloosa...not cool.
Once we finally got there at 11 a.m. Alabama time (9 a.m. at home), we got some grub then made our way to the glorious hotel rooms to finish our night of sleep. After about a four-hour nap, we got up, walked around the mall, then had a little BP circuit on Alabama's sweet little field under the lights (it's no Husky Stadium, but I must say it was nice) then got some more food and went back to bed.
Friday morning we woke up around 9:30 a.m. for our 1 p.m. game against Baylor, and half of us missed the continental breakfast since it ended at 9 a.m., so we picked up some random leftovers around the lobby. We got to the field, not quite awake yet since it was 8 a.m. in Seattle, warmed up and finally heard the call 'Play Ball.' It only took us eight innings to finally wake up but we came out on top with the luck of a passed ball and moved ahead to the nightcap against the home team and fellow #1, Alabama. The last three times we have played Alabama they have been in our beautiful stadium with our incredible fans, home field advantage and we've had their number all three times. This time they were all about the advantage in front of their sold-out crowd, with their dugouts and their hecklers. I gotta give a shout out to the 'helmet hecklers' who apparently read my blog and 'loved it.' I'm not really sure what they were saying considering I was focusing on my at bat, but my teammates said they had rave reviews. The unfortunate part is that for the first time this season we were unable to put a team away. Alabama got the best of us Friday but we came back Saturday ready to hand it right back at `em.
In the morning, we took care of Georgia, who I must say is quite a scrappy team, and it wasn't an easy task. They had their shining moments of base hits and base runners, but we came out with the win. Ashlyn Watson was the hero of that one with her two homers, which seems to be her role this season, stepping up at all the right times (I just want to throw in that I am SO proud of Ashlyn and all her fellow seniors for that matter, stepping it up and leading this team).
Later that sunny Saturday afternoon, we took on the Crimson Tide one more time. We battled the humidity, and towering sun, which got in the way of a few cans of corn, but our offense finally performed more to the level that we are used to (Gary, our equipment manager, must have over-nighted our bats to us for this game ) busting out for six runs. Danielle threw two great games on Saturday and I am very impressed with her composure, with the umpires, fans and players alike. Let's just say there were some brutal calls...but we handled them with class and composure.
Sunday was a different story as we weren't the typical Husky Softball team that we know. We didn't stick to what we do and were unable to answer to Georgia's energy and solve their pitcher's game plan. Not how we wanted to end the weekend, but luckily it's not the end of the season.
This weekend was a huge learning experience for us: flying across country, dealing with Daylight Savings Time, in the Southern humidity and in a regional-type atmosphere. The best part about this weekend is the girls realize you don't win a World Series in March and we just need to focus on improving each game and not worrying about anything but where we want to go. We will take this weekend, learn from it and move on to this weekend's challengers waiting for us in Fullerton. The Judi Garman Classic is always a fun tournament with tons of rosters who are chock full of talent. This is going to be a great opportunity to pick up some big wins.
I will be breakin' it down with some of my teammates later this week so stay tuned for that! Thanks so much for reading this, considering I was a little more wordy than usual.
Take care, stay classy and GO DAWGS!