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
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
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
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
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.