Student-Athlete Journal: Kim Warrington, Softball

Put me in coach I am ready to play, said the Rhode Island College Softball team on February 1st, the day that started the 2002 season. After having winter break to condition and weight train individually, we were ready to bring it together as a team.

Our practices were held in the Recreation Center, but whenever the spring-like weather came we would head out to the field. Being in a gym can be limiting, but we put it to good use. Our practices consisted of jumping rope, sprinting, plyo-metrics, hitting and fielding drills and game–like situations. The whole team was working hard. We were focused and determined, and after several weeks we felt prepared for a much needed spring break.

For spring break we traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When we stepped out of the airport the weather was gorgeous. We immediately took our sweatshirts off and waited for the vans in short sleeves; some of the girls were even in shorts! The weather was about 70 degrees the whole week, and there were no rainy days. It even reached 80 on Friday. Michele Fanelli, who plays first base for the team said, "It is probably the best weather we will get to play in all season. God was with us on the trip!"

We all enjoyed our first day when we stepped onto the field in our new cleats. It felt so good to be on dirt and out of the gym. We played a total of eight games. Our record was 5-3 and our team batting average was .355. This is very respectable for the first games of a new season. Every girl put their best effort forward and played with their utmost enthusiasm. We tried to focus on team achievement and not just individual achievement. Amy Machado, who plays third base, stated this perfectly when she said, "There is no I in team."

Besides waking up early and playing two games every day we took part in several other activities. As a team we went out for lunch and dinner nearly every day and night. Other activities during the week included the beach, shopping, mini-golf, the arcade, the haunted house, and pulling pranks on our teammates.

We had an exceptional time in Myrtle Beach. The trip really helped us grow together as a team. It gave us an opportunity to learn about teammates personalities on and off the field. This helped to understand one another better. Our achievements on the field have proved to us that we have the ability and potential to go as far as our hearts and minds will take us.

Both coaches were pleased with our level of play and are equally excited for the season to start. It is a great feeling to know that our coaches have confidence in us to bring the 2002 Rhode Island College Softball season to new heights.

Kim Warrington is a sophomore pitcher/outfielder from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. As a freshman in 2001, she was named First Team All-ECAC and All-Little East as a designated player. She also earned Second Team All-Little East honors as a pitcher. She established a new RIC record for a season with 136 strikeouts last spring.


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