2011 Softball Blog #9 -- Senior Heather Mott

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Senior Day is always a highly anticipated weekend, especially for the Senior class, as it marks the last home series of the season. My favorite part is seeing all the families and friends that come in town for the weekend to take part in honoring the senior class. As a player, there's nothing better than playing in front of the people you love. The stands transform into a sea of royal and for the few hours we are on the field, the only thing that matters is Memphis Softball.

I feel honored to be part of this senior class. Every one of our seniors have shown complete dedication to our team and an unique passion to compete that is sometimes hard to find in players. We are a group full of leaders and a group of fiery competitors that just want to win. This combination along with a solid group of talented non-seniors, have led to the success of our team this year.

When I think about each of our seniors separately, I realize why this group is so special. Each one contributes in their own way. We all have different personalities and different things to offer to the team, but the end result is a group of seven players all with the same goal and a passion to win.

Maddie McKinley is the fire and catalyst of our team. We feed off her passion and energy. She has been so vital to our success because of her ability to motivate our team.

Keanah Prestridge is our vocal leader. No matter if she's playing or not, she does a great job of making sure everyone is on the same page.

Kailey Kassner motivates by example. She is one of the hardest workers on the team. She always puts in extra work and is always striving to make herself a better player.

Janelle Valle also has consistently put in extra work. She is an unselfish player and just wants to do well to help the team win games.

Alex Marshall shows the players around her what it looks like to play hard every time you step on the field. No matter if she is at practice or in a game, Alex gives 100 percent.

Lauren Carley is very consistent in her approach to the game. She does a good job of keeping her emotions very stable, which gives our team some balance when we are emotionally too high or too low.

And then my job is to keep everyone positive and smiling!

Kamri Chester earned the senior favorite award of the weekend when she blasted a solo home run in game two to win the game for us. It was a clutch hit and allowed the senior class to end with a win on our home field! This is something you always hope for as a senior, so I'm glad Kamri could help us out!

Three more games left and this group of seniors along with the rest of the team are ready to put an end to regular season play with a sweep against Southern Mississippi. We have a good week of practice ahead of us, and then we will head to Hattiesburg on Friday. I am anticipating the bus ride to be full of smiles because Thursday marks the end of Finals. There will be no text books or note cards on this bus trip so we should all be stress free and ready to have some fun!

Go Tigers!

Heather Mott #10

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