Thursday, May 18, 2006

An Afternoon at the Ballpark

It isn't every day that my alma mater Auburn University plays a game---in this case, women's softball---2,000 miles west here in Tucson, but that was the case today. So when I found out that Auburn is playing in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship Tucson Regional, it was reason enough for me to leave work early. I corraled the girls out of aftercare and we raced to the UA campus and beautiful Hillenbrand Stadium, where the Wildcats' six recent national championship banners hang.

Auburn's draw in the regional series of four teams for the first game was Ohio State. The other two teams are Marist College, all the way from Poughkeepsie, New York, and of course the home town favorites: The University of Arizona. While Auburn lost this game 1-0, a game that saw a triple play of all things, we had a great time:

Softball college world series: Tucson regional - Ohio State v. Auburn, Auburn on the field.
Auburn closes out this early inning, leaving two Ohio State runners stranded on base. It must have been 110 degrees on the field, because it was 100 degrees in the shade.
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Softball college world series: Tucson regional - Ohio State v. Auburn, Auburn pitching.
These pitchers are intense: throwing underarm faster than most any of us can throw overhand, even those of us trained to throw fastballs. This is Auburn's pitcher Holly Currie.
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Softball college world series: Tucson regional - Ohio State v. Auburn, Auburn batting.
Auburn's best chance came in the bottom of the 7th, when the Tigers had two runners on with no outs. Unfortunately, a triple play aided by poor base running and heads' up play by the Buckeyes ended that opportunity.
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The girls enjoying the game, though not necessarily watching it!
Of course, I was just as entertained by my own team of girls as by those on the field. We all had a great time!
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Auburn plays the Marist Red Foxes tomorrow in the elimination game. I think I'll sneak away for that one, too!

1 comment:

LitByFire said...

Your girls are beautiful!