May 17, 2007
Hello friends!!! The Purdue softball team is experiencing its first bittersweet week of summer vacation. We had a great showing last weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at the Big Ten Tournament, beating Iowa in the first round. I am extremely proud to say that we are the first Purdue softball team to make the semifinal game at the tournament. Holler!
Mitchell, in addition to being named First Team All Big Ten and Academic All-District, was also named to the All-Tournament Team! Congratulations, Mitchell! We are so proud of you. Not only is Mitchell an awesome ball player and smarty-pants in the classroom, she is also a good friend of mine and a great person. Our team received more accolades with Ashley Hall and Brooke being named to the All Big Ten Team as well. These are great accomplishments, especially in such a competitive conference. Congratulations!!!
While some teams were selected for the NCAA Tournament, we are already on our summer vacation. We were disappointed to be out of the regional tournament, but are using the time off to relax and heal. I say that everything happens for a reason; I think that this year set a standard for future Purdue softball teams, and I am proud to have been a part of that. Next year I will watch from the bleachers as the team plays at their first regional tournament!
The day we came back from the Big Ten Tournament, we got home and Caz changed right into her cap and gown. Caz's parents, sister, aunt, and uncle came to West Lafayette to celebrate Caz's graduation. Congratulations Caz, on a job well done! You should be very proud of yourself, just as all of your friends and family are. When the Zaworskis returned from the commencement ceremony I got to take part in the festivities with meatball sandwiches, strawberries, and chocolate cake...oh, and more games of cornhole. It was wonderful to celebrate Caz's commencement on such a gorgeous day.
After four wonderful years on the Purdue softball team, and three seasons of writing "Behind the Mask," it's time to hang up my cleats and set my pen (or computer) aside. Hopefully, someone on the team next year would like to write about the team's terrible conditioning, fun football games, travel experiences, and most importantly the restaurants we visit and the food we eat. Curtis suggested that the article be called "Behind the Facemask." Therefore, whoever writes needs to have a batting helmet with a facemask. Curtis, I think that you are an excellent candidate! Before you get all choked up, I'll still be around next year as I have one semester of classes and one semester of student teaching left.
Thank you to all of the parents, friends, and family who supported our team either from a distance, or by traveling all over the country and missing work to follow us. It was a memorable season and a memorable career. I'm looking forward to sitting up in the stands with everyone to watch our Purdue softball team compete. I wish the best of luck to our program, my teammates, and to my fellow seniors, Caz, Brooke, and DaQueta as you pursue your next successful endeavors.