Blog Entry #2: October 13 by Senior Whitney Haller

Oct. 13, 2008

Hey there Tech fans!

This fall has been one of the best of my four-year career. We have all worked hard at improving our skills and becoming the best ball players we can. The returners are all tweaking their skills, and the newbies are learning the ropes. All six of the freshmen have grown so much over our four-week team time, and I am so excited to see them excel on the field in the spring. I feel like a mother hen watching all of her little chicks grow up!!!

Just to give you an idea of what a typical week is like during the fall, we lift weights three days a week and practice for five. We have Wednesdays off and we play games every Sunday. We do lots of drills for both hitting and defense, and, though we may not like ALL of them, they are really making us better both individually and as a team. We definitely have a tough schedule in the spring, but I think if we continue to get better like we have this fall, we are going to be very successful come February.

On top of all of this, we have classes too!!! Georgia Tech is definitely a tough school, but our team handles it very well. We have many different majors on our team, ranging from various engineering majors to STAC and management. Though we are all learning different things, many of us are taking/have taken the same classes, so help is never far away. Even though softball is important, we are all here for the fantastic education. It may be hard, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.

Other exciting news this week was our tour of the new field. We all got to go to the site, dress up in hard hats and orange vests (a hot outfit, let me tell you), and walk around our new stomping grounds. Even though it is not finished yet, I can already tell it is going to be an unbelievable stadium. It has huge dugouts, big stands, and, best of all, a BEAUTIFUL view. What other field can you find that has the Atlanta skyline right behind center field? You will have to come and see it to believe it!!!

Well, I would love to chat some more, but I have some Regression and Forecasting homework that is calling my name. No rest for the weary in the life of a collegiate softball player! I hope you all have a Happy Halloween, and I look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Go Jackets!

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