“On game days I try to eat something light, and drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. I get my hair braided before
games because its easier to maintain while I’m catching. On the drive over I talk a little with my teammates, but mostly listen to my ipod. I like to listen to anything that gets me pumped; genre doesn’t matter. The only thing I do consistently listen to is ‘For those about to rock’ by ACDC because its an old tradition my mom and I had before tournaments when I was younger.
The drive to Sage is a little over an hour long, so it’s not too bad. Once we get to the field I put my cleats on then wait until everyone’s ready to start warming up. Our warm up consists of a light jog and stretching. Then pitchers and catchers hit soft toss first because pitchers need to start throwing as soon as possible. The starting pitcher will throw with the starting catcher, and the warm up takes about 20 minutes to get through. After they’re done warming up, we take a short water break, then it’s time to do infield-outfield. When we take infield-outfield we practice fielding ground balls or pop flies.
Right before the game starts we have a team huddle with our coach to talk about what needs to get done and to pump each other up. Then our coach will leave the huddle and all the girls will start a slow clap then cheer ‘LETS BLAZE!’ Once it’s game time we are all focused and ready to play.”