In the Dugout with Tory Yamaguchi

    Go Hoosiers! Tory Yamaguchi hit a pair of home runs for Indiana on the first day of the season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Tory Yamaguchi hit a pair of home runs for Indiana on the first day of the season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 16, 2007

    Currently on their first road trip of the season, at the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, members of the Indiana softball team will be checking in with throughout the weekend. Redshirt junior Tory Yamaguchi discusses the Hoosiers' opening day of competition.

    5:25 a.m. - The alarm clock on my phone goes off and I'm up and out of bed. We've got our first two games of the spring season ahead of us and I have things I have to get done before we head out to beat up on the other teams. I put on a pot of coffee, hop in the shower for a hot second, then grab the ironing board from the hotel closet. My roomie, Kelli (Ritchison), and I already set out our uniforms for me to iron the night before, so everything is good to go. I've got all I need - a cup of hot coffee in one hand and the hot iron in the other.

    6:30 a.m. - My roomie and I head over to the assistant coaches' room for a quick continental-styled breakfast. We find the food we want, say our thank you's to the coaches and head back to our rooms.

    6:40 a.m. - Kelli and I put on our neatly ironed uniforms, making sure we've got all of the proper attire on for today's games against Centenary and Southern Illinois. Kelli's curling her hair, while I'm struggling to decide which compression shirt to wear - thick or thin? Turns out, I ended up wearing both. Outside it was only 30 degrees, with a wind chill of 22 degrees - not fun. Ah, well.

    7 a.m. - We're all down at the vans, loading them up and rearing to go. We head out for the fields and we're all so stoked ... but cold.

    7:30 a.m. - Stepping out of the vans and into the softball complex was an insane feeling. We're all feeling it ... I know we are.

    9 a.m. - First game against Centenary. It was great stepping out onto dirt and grass. We've been practicing in Mellencamp Pavilion for so long this winter that metal cleats and dirt are slightly vague to us at the moment. It's all or nothing now. We go out there, a little shaky at first, but pulling through stronger in the end.

    11 a.m. - Game two of our double header today. Next up, Southern Illinois. The outside pitch is killing us. We've hit those pitches day in and day out in practice, but we're not doing much with them today. Those big girls on the other team are making good contact and hitting the ball pretty hard off of us, but we're staying strong and making slight adjustments at the plate. We get a couple of runs on the board, but not enough to pull through in the end.

    1:30 p.m. - After a very long first day of playing some ball out in the sun of Houston, we pull up to Jason's Deli. Apparently the girls went there quite a bit last year, but it's my first time and I'm pretty excited. Whenever anyone yells food, I come running. I order a chicken pasta concoction and a baked potato with broccoli on top of it. The potato came out to me basically the size of my head and I go crazy. I love me some potatoes! We finish up with some free soft serve ice cream and head back to the hotel.

    3 p.m. - We all take our showers after smelling pretty badly and some of the girls take naps.

    4 p.m. - Study tables starts. I head down to the lobby in order to avoid falling asleep in the beds of the rooms. Laptop and books in hand, I start doing some reading and some studying for my classes this coming week.

    7 p.m. - Dinner time at Chili's. Can't wait. One of my favorite restaurants to eat at. We all look pretty tired and burnt from the sun on our faces all day long. Coming from the freezing cold winter of Bloomington, the sun is a new idea to our faces.

    10:30 p.m. - Lights out. Bed time. Finally. Gotta get ourselves recouped and ready for our next two games against some even tougher teams tomorrow--LSU and U. of Houston. All in a day's work.




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