2006 Road Warriors: Tess Corona
Feb. 20, 2006
We woke up Saturday morning and had the afternoon to get caught up on homework and rest. With a big game against No. 3 Arizona at 6pm, we knew we had to get focused. We ate a big meal before heading to the field to warm up.
As soon as we arrived at the field, the adrenaline kicked in as hundreds of fans were there watching the game before us. The games were a little behind schedule so it gave us extra time to do what we needed before the game.
We battled against (All-American Alicia) Hollowell and played tight defense, but ended up losing 0-6. After a tough loss, the real test began. We knew we had to bounce back and take it to Tennessee Tech. It was then that Jen (Chamberlin) decided we should have a hitting party*and everyone was invited!
The first few innings were a bit slow but by the fourth inning, the party began. Following Jen's bomb, JP (Jennifer Patterson) stepped up to the plate with confidence and knocked one out that still hasn't landed! Everyone was on their feet yelling as Shaina (Ervin) stepped up to the plate. She kept the party going with a home run over the left field fence for the third homerun in row! I'll never forget the rush I felt after charging out of the dugout three times in a row to celebrate with teammates at home plate!
The rest of the game we kept pushing, knowing that we couldn't lighten up. With that in mind, we won 8-0 and headed back to the hotel for some sleep. The next morning we woke up bright and early and were ready to go.
We battled against Texas Tech with Megan (Dalthorp) on the mound and Abbie (Sims) came in to close the door. We won 5-2 and were headed to the showers before catching our delayed flight home. The plane trip home went good, but we got home pretty late and were all exhausted. Looking back on the tournament in the desert, we were pleased. We played together and made some great things happen. The best part of it all is this is just the beginning!