Senior day was truly a day that I will never forget. The game on Saturday was definitely a disappointment, but Sunday our team came out and showed what we were made of. We pulled together as one unit, took care of each other, and beat Missouri in front of an amazing 12th Man. More than ever I really felt like this was my family. I know that we still have a lot of season left to play, but Senior Day makes you realize how much you have gained from this program. Playing at Texas A&M is unlike any other place because, besides from my own family, I have added the team and definitely the entire 12th Man into what I think of as my family. I’d like to take a second to talk about some pretty important people in my life.
First and foremost, I wanted to give a shout out to my mom, Alissa, and my dad, Glenn. They have been there through everything and I really don’t know where I would be without them. They have taught me so much and have always been there for me. My dad has literally been to every game this season and supports this team so much. I couldn’t put into words how much my parents mean to me and I want to thank them for everything. I also wanted to give a shout out to my sisters, Paige and Lexie, who aren’t always at the games, but are always rootin’ for the Ags. I’d also like to say thanks to all my other relatives who have come near and far to cheer on the Aggies. I love ya’ll!
Another family that I would like to thank is my teammates and their families, as well as the coaching staff. Going off to college is a scary thing. Although I’m about five miles from my house, the stress of school and competition make every day as a college student a crazy one. The 16 girls that I hang out with everyday during workouts, practice and games are definitely my safety net from all my stressors. They do what friends are supposed to do – make you laugh, tell you not to worry, tell you if your hair looks bad, and just be there for each other. Along with the girls, I’m so fortunate to have met and gotten to know all of their families. All the fam from Whiting, Ind. (Big D’s family), California (Becca and Lindsey’s family), Georgia (Eden’s family) and the rest of them from Texas, I just want to say thanks for everything. A huge hug goes out to Mrs. Suz and Mr. Doug Reynolds (Al’s parents) and Cindy and Tim (Timmy) Morrow (Macie’s parents). My fellow classmates and I have been through many ups and downs that have made us all better people. Thanks for all the memories! Also, this coaching staff has taught me so much about the game and about life that I will keep with me forever.
I know you know what is coming next! Another part of the family I have made here at Texas A&M is definitely all the amazing and wonderful fans!! All the Sugar Daddies, the regular fans and those that have never been to a game, but keep up with Aggie softball, I truly thank you for everything that you do. A special shout out goes to Cole Wilcoxson. You can usually find Cole right behind home plate yelling “SHIRT! SHIRT! SHIRT!” or banging his new Aggie ring against the metal to distract other teams. He has been my Sugar Daddy since my freshman year and has been to A LOT of softball games. He also makes the most legit banana pudding I’ve ever tried! Growing up in College Station, I was a part of the 12th Man as a kid, but I never really understood the role the 12th Man plays for every athlete. Now that I have had the privilege to play for such an amazing program, I now realize that every single fan means the world to every athlete playing on the field. The fans here at A&M bring another level that no other place in the nation can compete with. Thanks for all you do!
It is always great to win the game on Senior Day and then be able to celebrate. The team and our families went to the Zone and had dinner. After that, we do our senior pass down gifts. This should be called the senior “roasting” session, because we basically tell everyone all about the embarrassing moments this season. After the seniors talk about all the juniors, sophomores and fish, it is their turn to get back at us. The dinner and pass downs are some of my favorite times of the year.
This weekend was filled with fun and lots of family. We had Monday off (well if studying frantically for a final is considered “off”) and now all that is on our minds is Baylor. We play them this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and expect a great crowd. Please come out for the game on Wednesday and support us as we BTHO Baylor.
I also wanted to give huge congratulations to Meagan May for setting the single season home run record. Meagan is not only an amazing athlete who knows the game, she is also a great person and teammate. She always puts the team first and I’m so excited for her and what she is going to accomplish during her four years at A&M. Most people don’t know this, but she is also an amazing drawer! Congrats Meagan!
Before every game right after the outfield has finished bat hacky, Kelsea gives the “outties” a speech. Kelsea stands before us with her bat as a pointer and the other outfielders all take a knee. This talk gets the outfield in the right mindset for the game and how we are going to do our job as a whole. It started out as just a joke, but you know softball players and their superstitions, so we had to keep doing it. During the Texas game, let me tell you, her speech was great! But today’s blooper is for the one on Sunday. I think she just was shy in front of the ESPN cameras but her “intense” speech started off with, “Today is the day….that is not yesterday!” and it went downhill from there. Kels, you better be practicing for Baylor because we expect big things!