Breaking It Down With Bailey

May 18, 2010

Last Pac-10 road trip of my collegiate career...and we ended with a bang.

Thursday night was interesting. Danielle got a well-deserved game off and we went with our freshman Baily (Ell-Why) Harris who did a great job keeping the hitters off balance (but ASU is a phenomenal offensive unit-who eventually cracked the goose egg open to put up five runs on us quickly). Jenna 'Wilma Flintstone' Clifton came on in relief and shut down the ASU hitters, only giving up one run (this is nuts: Jenna gets Mandy Urfer to ground out but the umpires called an illegal pitch, so on the next pitch, Urf-dog ripped a triple down the right field line and eventually came in to score what turned out to be the winning run).

The best part about the game is that we never EVER gave up. We were down by quite a few runs but we managed to come back and score five in the last three frames of the game to make the game 6-5, unfortunately coming out on the losing end of what turned into a good game without our iron horse on the mound.

Friday we continued what we started Thursday night. After allowing an ASU run in the bottom of the first, Danielle shut down the Devils for a while, until they actually strung together a few hits...the most I think Danielle has ever let up in her life...total. It was 4-1 for a while until the pitchfork-holding Devils chipped away to make the score 4-3. Danielle came to the plate in the top of the seventh and ripped an insurance run out of the park that would pay huge dividends in the long run because in the bottom of the seventh, senior Katie Crabb belted a solo shot over the right field wall to make the score 5-4. But Los Diablos ran themselves out of the inning. Danielle was facing a feisty slapper (darn them pesky lefties) with one out and a runner on first, who eventually struck out on a ball in the dirt. The girl who was on first thought she had to run because it was a dropped third strike but that was not the case, so she was thrown out at two. Weird way to end the game, but it was awesome none-the-less. Strike `em out, throw `em out double plays are LEGIT!!

Saturday was just ridiculous. It was 98 degrees. And after Coach Wagner (and Myers) gave us our flowers for being seniors (Danielle is mad because she was warming up while we got our flowers...), they had their ceremony for their 2010 class. Then the Dawgs got to work. After putting up two runs in the first, two in the second and five in the fourth, the game had been put away. We run-ruled the Devils on Senior Day on their turf. I'd have to say 'we got better today'!

After the game we got to go hang out by the pool!! That was awesome. I got a little bronzed...therefore I am no longer opaque/see through.

Taylor Smith went yard two more times this weekend...whatever she has been eating (or not eating) is working!! (And no, I am not implying that she is anorexic). What is also cool is I called Taylor's homerun and Niki's...kind of ...so I think I have some kind of magic power because I have done that A LOT. Danielle also added a couple of Yahtzees of her own while Niki Williams decided to jump in on the action as well with a nice little out-of-the-park treat on Sunday (which I decided was for her Mama).

We played Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week, due to the NCAA Selection show that took place on Sunday. We all gathered in the Binger Board room to hear our post-season fate....

WE ARE HOSTING REGIONALS!!

Disclaimer: For those of you who are concerned about us being the #3 overall seed...don't be. The seeding means nothing. We are going to take care of business whatever seed we are. And for those of you who forgot what seed we were last year you should take a look...

I hope to see as many of you out at Husky Stadium as possible. I have no doubt that it will be packed, but I am just reminding you, we love it when you guys come. I really am excited to be able to stay home this weekend...even though it means I have to buy groceries and actually make food. Shoot.

Anyway, I am really excited for Friday night! We are apparently playing my grandpa's alma mater so I wonder what side he is going to sit on....this should be interesting! Hopefully his loyalties are to the women in purple. (Of course they are)

Quote to ponder: 'Chances are when said and done-who'll be the lucky ones-who make it all the waaaayyyy' - lyrics from the song 'Chances' by Five for Fighting.

This is definitely an awesome song, but the best part about luck: you create your own! We just need to continue to focus on one game at a time.

It would be AWESOME if you guys - the fans - would stick with us on that whole 'one game at a time' notion. It just makes it less stressful to keep our eyes in the moment.

To my girls: continue to enjoy the moment ladies...we've put in the work all season, but this is what it's all about. This is when the fun begins. Enjoy every single minute and do not take anything for granted. Each and every single one of you is here for a reason and brings so much to this team. I love all of you and I hope for nothing but great memories over the next three weekends (starting with Friday right...haha, one game at a time). Keep coming up with new cheers and staying side by side every pitch!

Let's keep having fun on this amazing ride.

Stay classy and GO TEAM PURP!!

Love, 20

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