We are only 11 games into the season, but there are already glimpses of our team accomplishing something that we have never done before. So far this season, we have been the first Memphis squad to beat a nationally ranked team, gave Coach Thees her 300th career win and have had the best start in school history. We take pride in each one of these accomplishments, but our eyes are set on something even bigger. We want to be the first team in Memphis softball history to compete in the NCAA tournament. With continued focus, hard work and a "never settle" attitude, we will stay on track to achieve our goal.
We have had many good things come out of our games so far. I feel like we are playing with a lot of confidence and just finding ways to win games. It hasn't always been pretty, and we've given our fans a couple nail-biting thrillers, but the biggest thing is that we are not giving into opponents. It shows some grit and passion in our team.
Although a 9-2 record is a great start for any team, we have a long road ahead of us. We have some things we need to work on and perfect before we can reach our full potential. We had one practice this week and our 1st and 3rd play was a big focus. About an hour and a few punishment foul poles later, we started to get the hang of it! :) Little things like this will separate us from average teams and allow us to successfully put runners in scoring position for our hitters.
We have made it to Palo Alto, Calif., and are ready to compete in the Stanford Nike Invitational. We have a tough four games ahead of us, but we are excited to make a showing in the West Coast. This is where we see what our team is really made of. We get a shot at another nationally ranked team in Stanford. It should be an exciting weekend and an opportunity to earn ourselves some respect. To top it all off, the Nike bats are back! We got them thrown out last weekend because they are not properly stamped, but we got the approval, and they are back in business!
This weekend brings big smiles to four Tigers in particular. Native Californians Janelle (Valle), Carly (Hummel), Nikki (Moreno), and Lani (Bernardino) all get to play in their home state and in front of their family and friends. It is always exciting to compete in your home state for any player!
California Pizza Kitchen last night! We will fuel our bodies, rest up and prepare ourselves to add a couple more "W's" to our collection!
Heather Mott #10