Nessa's News: Recapping the Mardi Gras Tournament
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Nessa's News: Recapping the Mardi Gras Tournament

Our first tournament of the 2012 season was the Mardi Gras tournament in Mobile, Ala.  All the teams there were NCAA Regional-caliber teams so we were all very excited.  The weekend didn’t end up as we had planned but we know there is plenty of time to find what works for us in order to compete in every game.

We left Nashville around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The drive to Mobile was about 7 hours, on the ride down there Burlesque was on and a lot of the girls stayed awake to watch that.  We arrived in Mobile around 5:30 p.m., got our room assignments and then headed for dinner at McAlister’s Deli.  I, of course, had some of the best roomies, Kristen (Bieber) Sturdivant and Katniss Everdeen a.k.a. Bridgette Begle.  With those two you know it’s always going to be a good time.  After dinner we had a little King Cake in honor of Mardi Gras and had a team meeting to get pumped up for our first game.

Friday we woke up early and went to breakfast at 7:30. We were all ready to play Jacksonville State.  We started off our season with our first win! Right after that game we had to get ready to play Mississippi State. Unfortunately, we lost that game but there was no time to dwell on it because we had to get our minds right to play Alabama on Saturday.  We went back to the hotel to change and then we were on our way to Olive Garden.

There was a little wait at Olive Garden (when is there ever not?) so the team played the game Mafia on the bus.  It’s fun to play but I personally have more fun watching it, I feel like I have to know who everyone is when we play.  In that game there are three Mafia members, one doctor, one sheriff, and the rest are townspeople.  Everybody closes their eyes and the Mafia decides who to kill, then they close their eyes and the doctor can save one person. Then the doctor closes her eyes and has one guess of who’s in the Mafia. After that everybody opens their eyes to find out who was killed and who killed them.  You really see some good poker faces and learn which one of your teammates can lie and who can’t. After dinner we went back to the hotel to get a good night’s rest.

Saturday we woke up and had breakfast at 9:30 and left the hotel at noon for lunch.  Bridge was with her parents so Kristen and I were going to watch a little TV before getting ready. Luckily there was a show on that showed the beautiful men of the CW. We’re huge Vampire Diaries fans!  Then we got ready and went to lunch at Camille’s Sidewalk Café.  After lunch it was finally time to head to the field and get a rematch with Alabama from a couple years ago.  We competed with them for most of the game but it just seemed like every time we would get something going they would come up with a big hit or some other kind of momentum change.  We held our own for a while though and that’s more than the other teams who played Alabama this weekend can say. 

After that freezing cold game with a brutal breeze blowing the whole time we went back to the hotel to change out of our uniforms and went to dinner at Dreamland BBQ.  I think the best part about that was the banana pudding, oh and the free gumballs.

Sunday morning we headed to the field to play our last game of the weekend. Our energy wasn’t where it needed to be and we just didn’t show up, so sadly we left the tournament 1-3 with a final loss to South Alabama.  We got on the bus ready to head back to Nashville and get to work this week and just tune up what we need to work on in order to sweep this weekend. 

Saturday is our home opener. We will play four games this weekend and I know we’re all expecting to walk away with four wins.  The other teams aren’t going to just give them to us but this week we’re going to come back and really work hard.  Like we learned this fall ‘So what, next pitch.’