Breaking It Down With Bailey
March 22, 2010
Karma: action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad.
I truly truly TRULY believe that karma exists. And, is proven in what I wrote in the blog when I was headed to Hawaii.
Two weeks ago I wrote to you awesome fans: '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 to Honolulu, Hawaii...where 80 degree weather is ready to embrace me with it's open arms. Oops, did I rub it in?'
Well what happened in Hawaii?? IT POURED THE WORST RAIN HAWAII HAS HAD ALL YEAR! With like a billion percent humidity and it SUCKED! Now that's karma.
When we landed in Hawaii Thursday morning, our coaches had a surprise for us: we were going to the North Shore (Waimea Valley) to hang out for a few hours! Well, on the bus ride there, the clouds just kept rolling in and all of us were hoping that they'd stay away, which they did...for a while.
We stopped and got some food, and I went to Kona's where I got Kalua pig (pulled pork sandwich) and it was so AMAZING, I didn't want it to end!!! But it did. We then made our way to the waves where we had quite the interesting time...people got smashed by waves (over and over and over again), someone lost their top while attempting to catch a football (which was freaking HILARIOUS!! I will never stop laughing about that) and I got buried in the sand (which sucks because I had sand eeeeeveerrrrywhere all weekend). You could say that it was an out of the ordinary day in the life of a Husky softball player.
The weekend started off with the unruly opponent of East Carolina, who we knew going in wasn't going to roll over and die because 'we are Washington'. They have a great pitcher who kept us off balance for a while until we finally broke through with four runs late in the game.
The next day we found it funny that we had to play Seattle U, and kind of crappy that we had to travel 2,678 miles to face an opponent that we are a hop, skip and a jump away from. It was a pretty weird game because I have always considered SU a pretty good little squad. But we busted out for 11 runs in the bottom of the second inning, including seven runs that came with two outs. Ridiculous. I love it when we score a lot of runs.
Later in the day we had the opportunity to face the host Hawaii, who in my opinion is the best overall team we've faced thus far. We went toe-to-toe with them for eight innings until finally we put pressure on their defense and were able to push across the winning run in the top of the eighth inning. That is definitely something that is going to be crucial for us to do down the road: PUT PRESSURE ON THE DEFENSE! Pop ups are useless, but groundballs can turn into opportunities and that's something we will continue to do, hit the ball hard and it'll find a hole.
Along with karma, we faced a little bit of deja vu by having to face the exact same two teams in the same order the next day. Since we were the number one seed in the tournament we had to face the number four seed in Seattle U where we scored seven runs in the first inning: an inning where I actually had the opportunity to have two at-bats. It was a close one for a while with Seattle U battling back to put two on the board before we finally put them away in the fifth by winning the game due to mercy rule with an opposite field, game-ending double by Ashley Tuiasosopo.
In the championship game against Hawaii, it was a completely different game than the night before. We made our necessary adjustments in order to overcome the pesky Rainbow Wahine. In the fourth inning we were able to put up seven runs to put the game out of reach for Hawaii, even though they tried to make a come back late in the game. DL squashed their attempt and put the game away and there you have it folks, tournament champions. I think that's pretty cool because we went 5-0 the last time we came to Hawaii in 2008 so overall I have a 10-0 record when playing on the Big Island. YAY!
The weather was still such a bust (as I mentioned before) considering it would be sunny and clear skies but random raindrops were falling...so weird! Ummm... excuse me, Stephen Fung (who is on our men's soccer team and Hawaii native): what the HECK was up with that!?!? We were rain delayed twice...
BUT! We had some stud Samoans step up and make the most of their opportunities. Danielle was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament (not weird), while four other teammates were named to the all-tournament team: Kimi, Shawna, Hooch and Morgan (again, no shocker there, considering our team is just a bunch of awesome people). I know I am forgetting a lot of details considering the tournament was almost two weeks ago, but you must know not only was I disappointed in the weather but I also was unable to obtain any haupia from anywhere in Hawaii so I guess I will have to make it myself. The highlight though was that I got my hands on some chocolate covered macadamia nut toffee things, which I must say are scrumtrulescent.
Good thing I finally finished this blog...I will now move on to writing the Husky Classic blog which will be ready just in time for me to write the Judi Garman blog. Wow Bailey...get it together right?
Quote for the weekend: 'Somewhere over the rainbow...' considering we saw a lot of those and they are really pretty, just like my friends, and yeah. Very insightful.
Alright, here I go to write about Seattle and the wind chill factor that I think may have permanently damaged my body temperature.
Tata for now and GO TEAM PURP!!