March 25, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior first baseman Ashley Courtney talks about weather and some practice happenings in this week's What's Your 20 blog. Note: This blog was written on March 25 before the cancellation of Wednesday's game with UIC.
It's time for home games ... and it's snowing. It is not the ideal situation for a softball player when it snows in late March. Here's to hoping it stops, the field is in good shape, and we still get in the first pitch on Wednesday at 4p.m. We are scheduled to play UIC and, since it is our first home game, you can imagine our excitement. We have been on the road for quite some time now so coming back to familiar territory will be a great thing for our team.
This weekend is Easter and what a better way to celebrate than a three-game series with Ohio State. Why not come out and celebrate with some of your favorite Boilermakers?
With the crazy spring weather we seem to be experiencing, I want you to keep in mind to stay connected with Purdue Sports and watch for updates about possible schedule changes. It may be chilly, but we do not want you to miss a pitch at the Varsity Softball Complex during this home stretch.
This week I want to shed a little light about what happens at practice. There are 20 of us on the roster, and we appear to be athletic. Our sport involves a lot of hand-eye coordination, so you would think that we have great balance and a little bit of grace. If only this was true. Last week, Erika was playing centerfield during a scrimmage. She turned to go back on a fly ball and just ate turf. We claim that she tripped over the white lines on the Mollenkopf field but that was just us giving her an excuse. I could call out E and claim to not have any good stories of my own but this is just simply not true. Ironically, my fall came when I was trying to help a teammate. So much for good karma. We were working on defense while the pitchers and catchers were hitting off the tee so I put a net behind first base, just in case of an overthrow. I did not want the ball to hit anyone so I was just thinking ahead. A ball was hit behind first base and in foul territory so as I took a drop set to catch it, I ran straight into the net and it basically carried me down to the ground. We definitely got a good laugh out of that one.
Now that you all have heard about two of our many graceful falls, we want to hear about your not so pretty steps. Comment below, tweet @purduesoftball, or email Whats_your_20@hotmail.com with the story of your fall that got a good laugh.
And speaking of laughs, here is the video from the spring break rodeo games at Lucky Run Ranch. Enjoy.
Hope to see you at Boilermaker Softball Complex this week.