Friday, June 08, 2007

Congratulations Wildcats!!!

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

Stop the
Murder of

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)

Congratulations to the University of Arizona Women’s softball team for winning the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in softball on Wednesday, May 6, 2007. Not only did they win the championship; they did so the hard way. They lost to Tennessee in the double elimination round 1-0 (I don’t understand how Tennessee could have been seeded as low as fifth.), won a game Saturday to stay alive, won twice on Sunday (while Tennessee did not play Saturday and played only one game on Sunday), lost to Tennessee in the first game of the Championship Series 3-0, defeated Tennessee 1-0 in ten innings on Tuesday, and then defeated Tennessee again 5-0 on Wednesday to win the championship. They played eight games in seven days pitching the same pitcher every inning of every game.

They won, I believe, because of superior skills in various aspects of the game. However, none of those skills may have been more important than mental toughness!!! Tennessee left fourteen runners on base in their 10 inning 1-0 game loss and twelve runners on base in the 5-0 loss. Opportunities to score abounded but were not taken advantage of. Meanwhile, Arizona scored six runs in two games against the proclaimed best pitcher in collegiate softball for 2007. (Tennessee pitcher Monica—my addition) “Abbott struck out seven in her final collegiate game, finishing a remarkable career as the NCAA record-holder in wins, shutouts, strikeouts and innings pitched.” (Peoria Journal Star, June 7, 2007, page D7) However, in those four years, she never won a WCWS championship. Arizona did twice.

Tennessee had two players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first team All-American squad including pitcher Monica Abbott. Arizona had one player on the first team—centerfielder Caitlin Lowe (She was a four time All-American. By the way, Caitlin is from Tustin, California. One year, Arizona started three outfielders from Tustin, California all of whom were All-Americans at least once!). Tennessee had two players on the NFCA second team All-American squad while Arizona had one—pitcher Taryne Mowatt. Neither school had any third team members. (Why was Arizona seeded first and Tennessee seeded fifth?) Yet, after Arizona won the second game 1-0 in ten innings, I was almost certain they would take home the championship. Why? MENTAL TOUGHNESS!!!

This was their second straight WCWS championship and their eighth in the twenty-five year history of the tournament. (Actually, the tournament has been played for twenty-six years but in 1995 UCLA defeated Arizona for the championship and then their star pitcher, who played for the Australian Olympic team, quit school immediately after the victory and returned to Australia. UCLA lost the champion trophy for using an illegal player. The championship was vacated since some argued that Arizona could have lost to another team playing in place of UCLA. Could have, not likely, but could have.) Since 1991, Arizona has won all eight of its championships under head coach Mike Candrea. They won five championships in the 1990’s and this is their third championship in the 2000’s. In my opinion, the University of Arizona has the best college softball program in the nation.

One last thing. For the last two years I have given one of my clients my tickets to the softball games since I’m living in Illinois. A few years ago, he was profiled in Tucson’s morning paper as one of the ten most influential sports figures in Southern Arizona. He told me that there is a sophomore pitcher at one of the Tucson area schools who has already verbally committed to the University of Arizona. I know her family’s sports lineage and it is a very good background. He told me, “She is good enough to play for Arizona right now.” What high praise. I hope I have an opportunity to watch her pitch for the Wildcats!

Ladies, Mike, coaches, and all those involved in Arizona Wildcat softball—CONGRATULATIONS!!!

(Please don’t forget to send me my team picture!!! GO CATS!!! BEAR DOWN ARIZONA!!!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure you were first on the list for a team picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:09 AM  

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