In the Dugout with Emily Crohn
Feb. 18, 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 IUHOOSIERS.com throughout the weekend. Freshman Emily Crohn discusses the Hoosiers' second day of competition.
Hello Hoosier fans!
I would like to start off by saying just how exciting it is to be in Houston, Texas! I have enjoyed myself so much during this tournament, and have already made some great memories that I'll never forget! And it all started with my very first plane ride down here. It was a very funny and crazy experience, mainly because my teammates and coaches could not believe that I had never flown on a plane before, so they felt the need to poke fun at me about it ... but I still love them all the same!
Anyways, on to today's events:
We woke up this morning at 8 a.m. and all walked down to our assistant coaches' room to get some breakfast so we could have plenty of fuel for today's games! After that we all met down in the lobby around 9 a.m., and loaded the vans and headed to the field. I would also like to state really quickly that our van rides are probably some of the most hilarious times that we have. There is just something about a van full of tone-deaf softball players belting out today's jams that just makes you have to laugh! Anyways, back to what I was saying ... After arriving at the field, we did our usual warm-ups, which consist of throwing/fielding and a good long round of hitting. And after that, it was time to play LSU, who is currently ranked fifth in the country.
LSU was a very exciting game, and it was a very tight ball game up until the fifth inning. Our pitcher, Monica Wright, held LSU to only one hit going into the fifth. But in the last two innings, LSU put the ball into play more, and just hit its way onto the scoreboard. Even though we lost, I thought that we played a good game with a LOT of positives, and I know that we are going to continue to capitalize on those positives throughout not only the rest of this tournament, but our season as well.
After we played LSU, we had a quick team meeting, then loaded our bat bags into the vans and headed to a nice little restaurant called Jason's Deli. We had eaten there yesterday for lunch as well, so I had already scoped out the in's and out's of that restaurant. If there are three things I take seriously in my life it is school, softball, and food. I had a turkey wrap with broccoli cheese soup, and let me tell you, it was delicious!
When all was said and done at the Deli, we headed back to the field, where our next opponent would be the University of Houston. This game was also exciting. We came out early swinging our sticks, put two runs up on the board, and had a lot of great momentum going. Toward the end of the game, Houston again started to put the ball into play, and a couple of "little errors" caused us to unfortunately lose the game. I have all the confidence in the world that our team will pull through and continue to get even better as each passing day goes by. Throughout the tournament we have already improved, and as time goes by we will get even tougher, and the future of the 2007 season for Indiana Softball looks very bright!!
After the last game, we loaded the vans and headed back to the hotel before dinner. When we got back to the hotel, my roommate, Kristin King, and I just hung out in our room, and took it easy until it was time for dinner. We both called our parents and caught them up on how our games went, and just waited to hear the dinner bell ring!
Fifteen minutes and three U-turns later (just kidding!), we arrived at a very tasty restaurant for dinner. The name was Skeeters, and it was located close to downtown Houston. It was a mesquite grill, and had some of the best food I have ever tasted. I ordered the Fajitas Rancheras, which was steak fajitas smothered in Rancheras sauce and cheese. Again, it was delicious! And the whole team loved it!
When dinner was over, we headed back to the hotel to retreat for the night and catch some good Z's so we could be prepared for our game the next day against Missouri State!
And now I am off to bed, over and out Hoosier fans! GO IU!
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