Oct. 9, 2009
Hi Rams Softball Fans!
We've had an exciting fall season so far! We have been privileged with new facilities, opportunities to connect with our community, introduce recruits to our school, and of course play some Rams Softball!
The 2009 fall started with the grand opening of our new Academic & Training Center, and Indoor Practice Facility. We were honored to have one of our own, Caitlin Stem (2008 all-conference shortstop), give a heartfelt speech recognizing our Ram Club members for their time, money, and support toward our new facilities. Our new facilities are phenomenal. It almost seems indescribable on paper. For you to get an accurate glimpse of what it is like, we would strongly encourage you to come check it out! The academic center is fully furnished, which provides a homey feel that makes our experience productive and exciting. Our weight training room is decked out with proper equipment to be a successful weight-trained athlete. Our new indoor practice facility allows us to have an accurate practice with realistic pop-flies and grounders when the weather is not cooperating. Click here to view photos of the grand opening ceremonies.
We've also felt very privileged and honored to have junior and senior recruits as guests on our campus over a couple of weekends in September. We had a great time getting to know our recruits through a team lunch and dinner, s'mores by a mini bon-fire (built by our very own "Mountain Woman" Kayla Kreutzman) and of course by sharing our Ram Pride at the football games. The experiences we have together as a team are irreplaceable and it was cool to share it with other girls interested in us and our program.
Other top highlights this fall were being able to give back to our community. We were able to participate in a read-a-thon event at a local elementary school. All of our players participated by reading to students raging from first to fifth grade at Linton Elementary School. The joy on the faces of those children really brought us back to the small things in life that we often take for granted.
Oct. 2 was National LIVESTRONG
Day. We registered to host an event where we passed out LIVESTRONG
bracelets to raise awareness and show support for cancer survivors and their loved ones.
Lastly, we volunteered to help participants in the Race for the Cure in Denver on Oct. 4. It was a team-uniting experience as this event truly opened our eyes to the many people affected by breast cancer. Although many approached this issue with humor, with funny t-shirts and team names others were quick to bring our attention back to the reality that millions have died from this disease. All of our events we participated in were humbling and it was an amazing and rewarding feeling to be a part of it.
While we have been busy welcoming recruits and giving back to our community, we have also been playing hard and enjoying our eight fall games. We started off the season to a double header against Western Nebraska where Robyn Mask ignited our home run hitting spree. We came out with a pair of victories, 9-1 and 11-3. We then played in the Triple Crown Fall Tournament where we faced Regis, Adams State, Fort Lewis, and Metro State. We ended the tournament with three wins and a tie. In the duration of our games, Amilia Stephens continued the home run hitting spree against Adams State and so did Becca Penland against Metro State. Lastly, we ended our fall season with a split against Northern Colorado where Christine Thomsen and Caitlin Stem added to our growing home run count.
We greatly appreciate your interest in Ram Softball and we hope you continue following us through the Blog and Twitter.
We hope to see you soon and Go Rams!
Lyssa Roberts, Christine Thomsen and Becca Penland