I have to tell you guys about yesterday! I’ll set the scene first. We are in the great state of Iowa. We played a doubleheader yesterday (two wins) and one game today. So, toward the end of the game yesterday, our freshman, Lauren Ainsley, went in to pitch. Lauren has had a great conference experience, coming in against Missouri a couple of weeks ago, but let’s just say it got much better yesterday.
She was pitching great. We had given her a nice 6-0 cushion, so she was able to relax and get in there and do her job on the mound. After her first inning pitching, I was standing next to Lo as Coach Evans walked up to her. She wanted Lauren to prepare herself to go in to hit if we reached Mel’s position in the lineup. Lauren had not swung a bat all year, except for the rare fair-ball game competitions, or just fooling around. The entire dugout was rolling with laughter, as we prepared Lauren for her first at bat of the season. Mel quickly found all necessary equipment for Lauren: an extra-small helmet, the lightest bat we brought with us, batting gloves and, of course, an arm guard to protect her pitching arm. Mel then took her out behind the dugout to get her warmed up. I guess Mel quickly taught her that you use the metal bat to hit the yellow ball…just kidding. (I found out after the game that Lo used to be quite the hitter in high school.)
The time had come and YES, bases were loaded!! As Lo walked up to the plate, the entire dugout had the biggest grins on our faces, as did the three Aggies on the base paths.
The first pitch came in……ball.
Next pitch came in…….she swings, rocks a foul ball in Coach Evans’ direction. (A feeling of excitement came over the dugout.)
Next pitch came in……Waist high……Lo swings……..GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First collegiate at bat as an AGGIE….GRAND SLAM! No practice needed.