There is just something about stepping out onto the field for the first game of the season.
There is something about the smell of freshly cut grass and the crunch new cleats make on a cleanly drug field of dirt.
There is something about avoiding chalk lines and uncrossing bats for the first time in nearly 8 months.
There is something about the atmosphere raising your heart rate a bit because you know why you are here.
There is just something about game day.
After all, it's been six months.
Six months of lifting more weight at 6am than you thought was physically possible.
Six months of pushing your body through sweat and tears to its limit twice a week for conditioning.
Six months of dirt, laughter, bruises, ice bags, dingers, and effort.
Six months working toward to one day: Opening Game Day.
Let me tell you, there is just something about walking out onto that field.
My name is McCarley Thomas. Some of you know me. Some of you don't. But one way or another, you found your way to this blog.
To those of you who followed our journey last year: welcome back.
To those of you who are new: I'm glad you are here.
I am a senior, pitcher for the Lady Bisons, and it is my pleasure to spend some time this semester giving you all an inside look into the lives of the Lipscomb University Lady Bisons Softball Team.
While I'll sometimes address moments experienced on the field, my priority is to tell you about the things the stats don't show: the inside story, if you will.
Friday morning we arrived at Florida State's softball field and began our journey into the 2017 season.
Friday morning I walked out on to the field for the first game of the season for the last time.
This season is going to be full of firsts and lasts. It will be full of heartbreak and triumph. It will be full of lessons and growth.
And I look forward to every beautiful moment to come.
I hope you choose to take this journey with us.
To those who are new to the way my brain works, I think it's best to close with the things I find myself thankful for.
Today, I am thankful for our freshmen and some well-chosen karaoke songs. I'm thankful for my three seniors who have been on this journey with me for the past three years. I'm thankful for bottom of the 8th walk-off home runs. And I'm thankful for new beginnings and opportunities..