Laying Down The LAW(rie)
Although I did enjoy watching the Twins hold the lead against the Indians last night, the premiere baseball excitement came from the Women’s College Softball World Series Championship on ESPN.
My Dad got me into watching the games a few days ago, and they really are very exciting. One playoff game was decided by a walk-off grand slam, while another came down to a freshman (Jazlyn Lunceford) pinch hitting for a senior and team captain (Brittany Rogers) and hitting a granny!
However, the entire tournament was really dominated by Washington Huskie pitcher Danielle Lawrie. She was the PAC-10 player of the year in 2009 and, at least during the playoffs, pitched every inning of every game (one going 15 innings!) for her team. Although she had a few off innings, most times she was absolutely unhittable. During the final game, where the Florida Gators needed to beat WASH to force a deciding game three, Lawrie and her Huskies were clinging to a slight 3-2 and Lawrie was struggling. Once the fifth inning dawned, though, Lawrie came out to the mound with a look of determination that I don’t think I have ever seen from a baseball player of any kind, major leagues or otherwise. From that point on she completely dominated the Gators’ bats and, pretty obviously, was named MVP of the World Series.
The amazing thing is, Lawrie is just a junior, so you can bet that she will have the Huskies back in the hunt next year as well. I will be watching!
Twins Preview (26-27, 2nd, 3.5 GB DET): Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.16) vs. Anthony Swarzak (1-1, 2.08). As beat up as the Indians are right now, I have to give Swarzak the nod in this one. Of course, Lee could always (as a southpaw) pull a complete game shutout out of his hat against our bats.