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    2006 Road Warriors: Tess Corona

    Feb. 11, 2006

    We left Reynolds at 4:30, and luckily, everyone was on time. As we were loading up the bags into our NC State Motor Pool bus, it was pretty obvious which bag belonged to the freshman. Mac's (Mackenzie Mangum) bag was packed to the brim...I guess she'll learn fast that she won't use half of what she packed, and lugging that thing around the airport will get pretty old!

    We did the usual at the airport; some read, some listened to music, some took advantage of the social opportunity. But one thing was missing. Since Coach Navas (Lisa Navas) and Jay (Asst. coach Jay Pyron) caught an earlier flight, we didn't have the usual card game circle and the battle between Navas and Shanna Smith vs. Laura Klem and Boo (Miranda Ervin). I guess they'll have to pick that tradition up on the way home. Come to think of it, things went surprisingly smooth without Coach. It must have been Patrick's (SID Patrick Norris) "discipline jacket" that he was wearing.

    After unloading the plane and getting the rental vans, we were off. Determined to find food as soon as possible, we stopped at a Wendy's nearby.

    We called it a night after checking in and having our team meeting, discussing things about the game the next day and rules for the hotel. The next morning we had continental breakfast, that was actually really good, said hi to the parents that were there to support us, and were off to the ball field.

    Everyone was excited and raring to kick off our season with a "W." Abbie Sims pitched a great game and we put the ball in play and ended up beating Centenary. Unfortunately we had to wait till 8pm for our next game so you know what that meant, it was time for a huge Italian meal! We grubbed out and loaded on the layers for the night game. With two under armor long sleeves shirts and football tights under our uniforms, we were ready to go.

    It wasn't as cold as we had all predicted and the heaters in the dugout kept us warm, until the rain started. It started about midway through the game and stayed pretty consistent throughout the night. Struggling at the plate and failing to make adjustments, we were reminded of what it felt like to lose. The disappointment, the quiet ride back to the hotel, and the sad faces. Luckily we get to play three more games this weekend to redeem ourselves and prove that we are the best!



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