Hello again, and welcome to another season of Butler Bulldog softball!
First of all, I’m sorry. I've been an awful blogger this year. I'd like to apologize for my absence over the fall semester. I had better things to do.
By better things I mean a crazy semester filled with capstone classes. I'm almost finished with both my majors. After finishing the fall semester, I have one journalism and one sociology class left to take this spring. To fill my remaining hours, I decided to take some introductory business classes. We’ll see if I remember how to do math.
I graduate in May. Yikes. It took awhile to accept that I'm a senior in college. Once it hit, though, it hit hard. I need a job. Anyone need a journalist?
It still turns my stomach to think that I'm a senior. It seems as though it was last month that I was a freshman moving into Ross Hall, hauling my life up three flights of stairs and eager to start my time at college. Last week, I was a sophomore getting settled into ResCo, beginning my first writing job as a news reporter for the Collegian. Just yesterday, I was a junior decorating my own room in the Apartment Village and gearing up for a rather difficult academic year. Today, as a senior, three of my teammates and I are living in a house on the south end of campus, and we each have one semester to go. Time sure flies.
The first of September marked the beginning of the end for the seven of us seniors...our final season of softball. We practiced at the field during our 20-hour weeks throughout the fall. We would often split into infield and outfield and finish with a hitting session in our outdoor cages, or we would hit in the IHF if the weather decided not to cooperate. Also, because we have a group of 22 this year, we were able to do more team-oriented drills during practice, like situational work and scrimmaging. We lifted early mornings on Tuesday and Thursday and did a circuit workout on Friday afternoons. In addition to practice, we played eight games over two weekends. We once again played downtown at IUPUI and, instead of making the traditional trip to Indiana State, we hosted our very own tournament.
Once our eight-hour weeks began after Fall Break in mid-October, we started having individual practices in small groups at the IHF. During this time period, which is considered our off season, we were only allowed to touch a softball for two hours a week. The remaining six hours were reserved for lifting and conditioning. When we all come back for the second semester, we will be back in season and able to begin our 20-hour weeks once again.
We have a new mantra this year. Last year, it was M.A.G.I.C.; "Making a Group into Champions". We came close to being champions with a heartbreaking two-run loss to UIC in the final game of the Horizon League Tournament. The defeat still burns, and the mere thought of it fueled our efforts over the fall to work harder, lift harder and run harder than we ever had to become better than we ever have been.
Our mantra for this year is F.E.W. S. I.C. This is short for "For Everyone Who Said I Couldn't". We're getting new uniforms this year, and this saying is printed on the navy shirt we will wear under our jerseys.
We have quite a bit to look forward to this year. In February, we will return to the Nashville area to play at Lipscomb and will head down to the University of Arkansas to play in the Woo Pig Classic. Instead of playing in Orlando over spring break in the beginning of March, we will make the journey to the opposite coast to play at Fresno State and Pacific. After that, we'll jump right into regular season play.
We had seven freshmen and a sophomore transfer join the team this year. Our infielders are Kristen Boros, from Elyria, Ohio, and sister of former Bulldog Alex Boros, and Carrie Tveita, from Cincinnati, Ohio. Our outfielders are Emma Glover, from Kokomo, Ind., Sarah Gronowski, from Naperville, Ill., and Angelique Zadrozny, from Munster, Ind. Additions to our bullpen include Maria Leichty, a catcher from Mason, Ohio, and sister of Joel Leichty, a junior pitcher for Butler’s baseball team, and Sarah Lowry, a pitcher from Logansport, Ind. Outfielder Megan Gray, originally from Lafayette, Ind., transferred from the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Also, Pat Medler, called Coach Med, joined the coaching staff in the fall as an assistant coach.
Well, it’s almost time. We’re hosting a clinic on Sunday (Jan. 15), and we’ll be starting practice, in addition to the spring semester of classes, next week. Then, we have just over a month before we play.
I hope you’re as ready for the season as my teammates, coaches and I are. We’re all looking forward to an excellent season!