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!
Heather Mott #10
Earlier in the month, Tulsa gave us bit of a headache and swept us on our home field. Fact or Fiction: Tigers are very territorial and seek revenge when an enemy invades their territory. I will have to check with the Discovery Channel, but judging by the way our team has responded to the Tulsa series, I'm thinking this is a fact! Ever since the Tulsa invasion, we have had great performances from every aspect of the game. It's almost as if we are operating in a "Refuse to Lose" gear. It's a pretty good gear to be in at this point in the season, so I don't see us switching gears anytime soon!
Last week we headed to Little Rock to face SEC opponent Arkansas. Arkansas joined Kentucky in our list of SEC wins. This game is becoming a tradition between our schools. The location of the contest is labeled as "neutral". Not sure if I fully agree as 99 percent of the fans were dressed in maroon and white. We did have at least one fan dressed in royal that I remember seeing. He stuck out like a sore thumb. It was Lauren Carley's boyfriend who is from the Little Rock area. Hopefully, we will start accumulating more and more fans every year. We did some great things that game but two things in particular stick out in my mind. The first, Jessica (Phillips) did a little re-writing of the record books of her own and became the single-season homerun leader. This is a great accomplishment for a player who deserves it! Second, Kamri (Chester) made two of the best plays in the outfield that I have ever seen. She stole back-to-back homeruns by showing off her speed and crashing through the temporary fence. These were big plays because it prevented Arkansas from gaining any life.
It's the last week of classes. Wednesday marks the end of the semester with Thursday reserved for study day and Friday starting Finals. Aside from the stress of Finals, it's an exciting time during the season as we will soon have nothing to study for and all our focus will be shifted to softball. I take pride in being a Student-Athlete but I am counting down the days when I can finish out the season as just an Athlete!
We have a mid-week game against UT-Martin and then take on UAB this weekend. It should be a fun weekend as many friends and families will be in town for Senior Day. Looking forward to another great week!
Heather Mott #10