Michigan pitcher Haylie Wagner, a former three-time All-County selection from El Modena High, will be providing OCVarsity with a daily blog throughout the NCAA softball championships and hopefully into the College World Series.
Today has been a great day for Michigan Softball! We all got to practice and were really pumped we are 1 of 16 teams left!
As we all got really excited to start practice, we realized that our managers weren’t there to set anything up and Hutch said we didn’t need anything. We were all really confused but we just played along.
We started with a stretching session with our awesome strength and conditioning coach, Lew! After that, Hutch pulled us together, gave us a little pep talk and told us, “Today we are going to have a unique practice, go put your stuff away, go in the locker room, put on shorts and running shoes, and get into one of the coaches car. We are going on a field trip.” So my team is all about surprises and we get giddy about everything, so we all tried guessing what it is….many teammates guessed ice cream, yoga, boxing session, Hutch’s house, and a lot of other random things that it would never be (like skydiving!). As we wait patiently, enjoying the car ride, we end up at Zap Zone!! We were going laser tagging!! WOOOHOOO! This was an awesome surprise and we were ready to shoot, attack, and just have a great time!
We made 2 teams. The Blue team: Staff and Freshmen vs. Red Team: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Red team(my team) won the first round and we were really pumped! We were on fire but the Blue team came back and won the next two games. GRRRR! Jen Brundage, the pitching coach, Dan, our trainer, and Lew were on fire the entire game! Even though my team lost we still had an absolute blast and will definitely have a rematch in the future! But hey….The Blue Team Always wins! And we are all on the Blue Team here! So our fun was over and we all thought we were just going back to the field, but then all of a sudden we whip into Dairy Queen!! Ice cream again, 2 weeks in a row! This isn’t heard of but we loved it! And of course love our coaches and Hutch!! This really was an amazing practice day!!
Overall, we had an fantastic day and we had our “unique” practice Hutch promised us. Wish we could go laser tagging everyday!