Spring Fever on the Diamond

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all have had a great last week as I know I sure did. As many of you probably know, last week was our Spring Break here at Muskingum. There is always so much excitement on campus as everyone is excited for vacations, and heading home to family. However, if you are a Muskingum softball or baseball player, your Spring Break consisted of jumping on a coach bus and riding down to the “sunshine state” for a week of competitive games to prepare us all for conference play.

We (the softball team) departed from Muskingum around 5 p.m. Friday evening, which put us arriving in Winter Haven, Florida around 11 a.m. the next day. After we arrived, and checked into the tournament, we immediately headed to the practice fields and enjoyed not only our first time on dirt, but our last chance to tweak anything before our season opener on Sunday.

We are so privileged as a team because we break the team in half and stay in two, fancy and expensive vacation homes in a private community. Each house has 5-6 rooms (king, master, queen etc.), a large enough living room to seat the entire team, and a pool and hot tub. Each house is of course unique to its owner–for example my house this year had a game room in the garage and a huge flat screen TV mounted on the wall. Although we do not spend a lot of time here besides sleeping, it is always nice to spend the little time we have together bonding as a team in such a wonderful environment. IMG_3298

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Another wonderful thing about the Muskingum Softball program is that we take our own personal cooks with us on the trip. These ladies spend the entire day while we are at the ball field cooking and preparing home cooked meals for us so that we do not have to eat fast food the entire trip. How wonderful it is to come home after a long day at the field and sit down to a home cooked meal in coaches house. Some examples of parts of meals we had last week were lasagna, baked steak, mashed potatoes, taco salad, green beans, oh, and there was ALWAYS dessert! πŸ™‚ We are so thankful to have this wonderful tradition and opportunity to have these ladies with us throughout the week, and the trip would not be the same without them!

On Wednesday, we finally had a day off from games, so naturally we took two hours out of the day to have a small hitting practice and then played a huge game of kickball! And my team won! πŸ™‚ In the evening, all of us got dressed up, put on some make-up and headed to dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant where they are known for deep dish pizza. I was stuffed after just having two pieces of this pizza!
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The trip overall was a very successful trip. We had a very tough schedule and we came out with a winning record, (7-5) so I believe as a team we are on the right track to dominate in the OAC starting this weekend with our home opener against John Carroll. Over the trip we had some great victories including coming back from and 8-1 deficit and winning, and beating the #4 ranked team in the country, Suny Cortland. We arrived back on campus Sunday around 10 a.m. finding that the weather here is a heck of a lot colder than where we were! 😦

Go Muskies and have a great week everyone!
Ashley πŸ™‚

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