Shorewomen Softball In The Sunshine State
by Kelsey Graham '15
Note: This story also appears in the April issue of the Sho'men Club Newsletter. To become a member of the Sho'men Club, click here.
Softball junior Kelsey Graham writes about her her spring break in Florida with softball team where the squad went 7-1 during an eight-game week in the Sunshine State. Here is her experience...
Spring Break 2014 Blog
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Spring break for Washington College Softball (WACSB), undefeated with a 4-0 record, started with a day of practice, which consisted of hitting in the LFC and working on defense outside on the turf after the men's lacrosse game. Practice ran a little longer than intended and we still had to pack up all of the team equipment, uniforms, and gear for our flight to Orlando, Florida, the next morning for the Central Florida Rebel Spring Games tournament -- more than 110 college softball teams playing more than 300 games. Even with the hectic afternoon, we ended the night well as a team with a late dinner at Coach Sally Snover's house. Baked spaghetti, salad, roasted carrots, and that stubborn baked chicken that just did not want to cook!
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Today we left for FLORIDA! However, not before we got a quick stretch and foam roll in at 9:00 AM. We met early before we left for Baltimore-Washington International Airport just so pitchers could throw a little and so we could stay loose for our long day of traveling. We left WAC at 11:00 AM and arrived at the airport around 12:30 PM. Some of our equipment bags were overweight and we had to move some things around. In addition, when some members of the team went to go through security they realized the airline had provided them with another teammate's ticket. This caused a bit of confusion, but it was simply fixed when they returned to the ticket counter and received their proper ticket. WACSB obviously scoped out the nearest Chipotle and Auntie Anne's in the airport terminal and enjoyed our meals before our flight. The flight left on time, even arrived a few minutes early, and all of our gear and luggage made it to Orlando! Of course, we had trouble locating our rental vans as usual, but with the help of our nice bus drivers we found them and were on our way to the resort. It is not a normal WACSB spring break trip without some sort of trouble with rental agencies. We had Pizza Hut for dinner at 9:00 PM and everyone went to sleep since we had a 9:00 AM game the next morning.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Monday! Our first day of games! We left at 6:45 AM and arrived at the fields without our bucket of balls and bow net because they were still in Jeff's the car driven by Coach Lister's husband. Luckily, the fields provided us with a bow net and some people had softballs in their bat bags, so we made it work. We won both our opening games over Thomas More (2-1 score) and Westminster, Pa., (4-2) and went to Publix for lunch. The wins pushed our overall record toof 6-0, the best first time WACSB start since 1999. To end the day, we went back to the condominiums, spent time by the pool, and went out to dinner. Some people went out with their parents and then whoever didn't go with their family, went to Chili's, which was right down the street from the resort.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today we won both our games again, 9-3 over Geneva and 7-1 over Suffolk. After the two games, we were going to have a cookout, but there was already another team using the grills. After a large amount of confusion, we just decided to head to Chili's again since it was the closest restaurant to our condos.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Today was our off day and everyone on the team had many different plans. A group went to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, and another group went to Universal Studios Orlando theme park, and . A few people stayed at the hotel and relaxed by the pool. I took advantage of the opportunity to spend time with my dad and grandmother.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
We left the condos at 6:45 AM again and played at 9:00 and 11:00 AM. Our first game was against #2 nationally ranked Montclair State and it went into extra innings before we lost 6-0. We then beat Waynesburg 8-2. After our two games, some of us stayed and watched #5 nationally ranked SUNY Cortland play. When we got back to the condos, we had the cookout we had originally planned for Tuesday night. The parents did a fantastic job cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers and bringing us delicious food. After dinner, we went to Downtown Disney to get some Ghirardelli ice cream. While we were waiting for everyone to come back to our meeting place, some of us took a photograph with one of the street performers.
Friday, March 14, 2014
This was our last day in Florida. The day started early with packing up our condos and moving all of our luggage and left over food into the one condo we had reserved for one more night. We left for the fields and played our final two games—wins over Cortland (8-7) and Muskingum (5-3). At the end of the day, we walked away from the Rebel Spring Games fields with a 7-1 record for the week and 11-1 overall. When we got back to the condo, the entire team tore into the left over food from the cookout. Some people went to the pool while others napped. We packed up all of our gear, stuffed the vans full of suitcases and our gear, and then headed for the airport. While at the airport, the freshmen and new-comers to WACSB did their skit that left the coaches and upperclassmen laughing hysterically. Our fully packed flight was delayed and we did not land in Baltimore until 1:00 AM on Saturday, the 15th.
Overall, it was a long week of exciting action-packed WAC Softball, but it went by so quickly and I could not have asked for a better team to spend it with! and solid performances over an 8-game stretch, which all went by too quickly. I could not have asked for a better team to spend it with! Our WACSB record-setting accomplishments during that span were noted by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as one of the country's top performances during the week and earned us the #20 ranking in the nation. II cannot wait to see what the rest of the 2014 is college softball season holds for us! Maybe another Centennial Conference Championship? Can we go even further? I think so!