Yesterday the Norwich University Softball team had our first set of games, a double-header against the non-conference Mitchell Mariners. It was definitely overwhelming at first, I even failed to get a good sleep before the game. Even with a four hour bus ride down to New London Connecticut, I still failed to get proper rest.
I started both games, and played both games through their entirety. In fact, I didn't do terribly. But, there's a reason why.
Despite it being our teams first game, and half of the lineup consisting of freshmen, our teamwork was incomparable to any other team.
Everyone was nervous at first, not just underclassmen. We laughed it off, we shook it off, and best of all, we played it off. By the end of the second game, we had mercy-ruled the Mariners 12-4 in 5 innings. It was as if we knew, everyone on our team realized, that we were bound to become one of the most dedicated set of players in New England. It doesn't mean that we'll win every game, or be an amazing #1 seeded team, but it does mean that every team will know how strong our mental game is. Every team will know how hard it is to make our faults get the best of us, and they won't know how to stop our mental game from helping us through tough situations.
All in all, I'm super excited to continue next weekend with two more double-headers.