Breaking It Down With Bailey

March 5, 2010

BOOM BOOM POW!

Welp, five more games, five more wins and even more home runs.

The Cathedral City Classic is a very prestigious tournament that plays host to the biggest names in college softball. To go five-and-oh at this tournament is something pretty special. There was a change in the way we played this weekend and that's always nice to see. Over the course of five games, we made huge adjustments that will pay off in the end of the season.

We've had some trouble previously putting teams away. We will jump out to a big lead in the first inning, but slowly teams will chip away, cutting the lead down and making us have to come back and eventually put up a ton of runs... when we should have just done capitalized in previous innings.

I am very proud of the way my team played and it's great to see girls who are getting opportunities come up clutch and take advantage of their chances. Every one is making it really hard for Coach Tarr to make up a line-up but she also has it pretty easy because anyone she puts in there is capable of getting the job done. And I mean LITERALLY everyone!! I can't tell you how many times someone has come in to pinch-hit or has gotten the chance to start and has made their presence known. Taylor Smith and Jenna Clifton both hit their first home runs of the season last weekend, pretty sure Niki Williams hit as many bombs this weekend as she had all year in 2009, and Danielle continues to go beyond the centerfield fence... and has more home runs than base hits this season, which is quite a feat.

Jenn Salling has the eye of a goddess (with like 48 walks...ok I'm exaggerating) and we made up a pretty good cheer for her this weekend: which if you want to hear it you will have to show up to some home games

Kimi Pohlman made a SWEET play in centerfield: the bases were loaded, one out, and the ball was drilled to deep center, she reaches up and snags the ball, but the fence broke away forcing her to fall and collapse on the fence. Well, the OK State Cowgirls got their giddy-up on and were haulin' around the bases but KP stood right up and fired it in to her cut, G.I. Jenn, who threw a bullet to Shawna at home who laid down the tag. But after all of that commotion for a tremendous double play, the umpires called the play a catch and carry (don't get me started...) and we ended up having to play out the third out where Kimi made a diving catch in the right-center gap. It's fine, two web gems back-to-back, don't worry about it.

We also got to hang out and eat dinner with our good friends Tom and Barbara McFarland at their prestigious country club-type facility where there were amazing brownies. We soaked our feet in the hot tub, went into the workout room - which was amazing - and hung out with Don James. We also had the pleasure of chit-chatting with some of the McFarland's friends that have homes down in Palm Springs. And I got to hear about some very interesting life stories. Thank you to those kind people for supporting our program and what we are setting out to do this year!

I turned 22 on March 2nd (which also happens to be Dr. Seuss's birthday as well, how fitting) and I can tell you right now it kind of sucks when someone asks 'Oh, how old are you now?' and having to reply 'I'm 22...'. It's just way different than 21! And like Morgan Stuart tells me 'You don't seem old, you are old'. (I know, I know, 22, I ain't seen nothin' yet right).

Not to rub it in or anything, but I just wanted you all to be aware that I am writing this blog on the airplane heading the Honolulu, Hawaii...where 80 degree weather is ready to embrace me with it's open arms. Oops, did I rub it in?

I am actually really excited for this tournament, there are going to be some great teams and it will be a challenging weekend to see where we are and what we can handle.

A special shout out to our amazing fans and parents! We have had quite the turnout at our past three tournaments and I hope to see many more in Hawaii, if possible. I love how close we all are with the parents, because then if I don't have any family who is able to make it, then I know I have 17 other sets of parents ready to give me a hug, kiss on the forehead, and a 'congrats'. I would like to see a little more cheer participation though, just a heads up to the parents for future reference. Okay?

I will leave you all with a quote, which I TRULY believe is the key to winning it all: 'The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along to way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.' - Denis Watley, Author: The Psychology of Winning

Gotta see it to achieve it.

We can see it.

Can't wait to play under the palm trees this weekend!

Woof woof. Go team PURPPPP!!

Love, 20

P.S. I only have pretty much one real class next quarter...so stay tuned for more video interviews!

P.S.S. Congratulations to little baby Niki Williams (who I like to refer to as NEEKEY VEELYUMMMS) on her National POW award! Definitely deserving considering she finished this way last season as well. Great job 3!

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