Looking to shift the pendulum
I hope you had the chance to catch at least one of our games against Stanford on ESPN2 or ESPNU two weeks ago. Over my four-year career it has been awesome watching the sport of softball continue to grow, with an increased number of games televised. Not only did the ESPN crew catch my fellow Huskies win two of our three games on the road in Palo Alto, we even spent a little time together off camera, tossing a Frisbee and football around during pregame warm-ups!
This past weekend’s series against Arizona State was about as competitive and intense as college softball can get. Game 1 was a heartbreaker with Kaitlin Inglesby throwing a perfect game through six innings, eventually giving up just two hits, but falling 3-1. Lucky for us, we were able to bounce back 30 minutes later and take Game 2 in dramatic fashion, 3-2, on a 10th-inning home run from “Hoochie Mama” Hooch Fagaly.
With the momentum swinging in our favor for what felt like the first time in weeks, we couldn’t wait for that decisive rubber match the following morning. As you know, Seattle is infamous for its rainy and dreary weather, and after an absolutely beautiful Friday we were hoping Saturday’s storm would hold off long enough for us to finish our final game against the Sun Devils. Unfortunately, it did not.
Saturday’s game started with a 1-2-3 top of the first. Nothing sets the tone for a game quite like a dominant first inning. With the wind at our backs both figuratively and literally (it was blowing so hard an aluminum flag pole was knocked down), our offense confidently delivered the first punch -- a two-run home run by Inglesby, scoring me from first base.
We celebrated around home plate as the rain began to fall, feeling the momentum of the season finally shifting to our favor. Four batters later, as the rain began to pick up, the inning ended. The storm was upon us, forcing us to pull out the big tarp and enter a rain delay.
After an hour or so in the locker room, the game was called and it was erased -- as if we had never stepped onto the field that morning. We were disappointed and frustrated, but we left that Saturday afternoon with our shoulders pinned back and our chins held high because that was the first time in four years we (theoretically) had “won” a series over the Sun Devils, or at least felt as if we had.
This week, we prepare to head down to Corvallis, Ore., for a three-game series against Oregon State. This is our opportunity to swing that pendulum into our favor once and for all. This season has been full of ups and downs, our team has experienced injuries left and right, but through it all, we’ve come together with a huge opportunity in front of us.
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