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Welch's Rewind: Life on the road with softball

Monday, February 24, 2014
by Brianne Welch

Where to begin?

Well, heading into this weekend we were coming off of a huge high. The previous weekend we played in Waco, Texas in Baylor’s tournament, and did pretty good. We went 4-1 and beat the Baylor Bears who were No. 14 at the time. As a team we played incredibly well and with a lot of intensity, so we were excited to get back on the road and play in the Blue’s City Classic hosted by the University of Memphis.

All week leading up to our games we kept saying, “we’re just getting started” and “they ain’t seen nothing yet”, and that was our mentality and still is. Last week we found out we were ranked No. 28 which is the highest in our softball program’s history, and we genuinely feel like we haven’t peaked yet.

The weekend started off on a great note. Our bats were alive and we came out of the gate hitting against Appalachian State. The hits continued all weekend with big wins over Evansville and SEMO. All of those games were games we believed we should win, and that we should win big. I’m not saying that we weren’t playing quality teams, but we have very high expectations for our team and expect a lot from each other.

Sunday was a little different atmosphere. We have been going hard and are all exhausted (that’s how it gets when you play five games in a weekend).  Missouri State, a good team, came out ready to play. We may have been a little flat, but it happens sometimes and as a team we were not discouraged at all by the loss. In fact it fired us up because we know what we are capable of. We finished the weekend with a 7-2 win over Murray State.

I know we are excited to start conference play this coming weekend at North Florida after we play Belmont on Wednesday.

This year is unlike any other year I have played for the Bisons. As a team, we are a complete team. There are no weak links and we are a cohesive unit on and off the field.

We go into games expecting to win. We have confidence in each other, and if one person has an off day there is always someone else to pick them up.

That is what I love about team sports and that is what makes us so strong and dangerous this year. God has completely blessed each of the girls on this team and we want to give Him the glory in everything that we do, win or lose.

Get ready because the Lady Bisons have not peaked yet. We’re just getting started.