CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The No. 23-ranked Ohio State softball concluded action at the 2009 Cathedral City Classic by going 3-2 through its five games. The Buckeyes opened play Friday with a win over Nevada, 3-1,  before taking the field Saturday against Hawai’i (L, 4-2) and Loyola Marymount (W, 8-0). The Scarlet and Gray wraped up action Sunday vs. Washington (L, 1-0 8 inn) and UC Santa Barbara (W, 5-3). Relive the action on and off the field with junior first baseman Tory Haddad:

So what can I really say about our final day in Palm Springs?  We came up just a few base hits short of accomplishing our ultimate goal for the weekend.  We played really hard and I don’t think our 3-2 record is anything to hang our heads about.  We opened the day today with third-ranked Washington and showed that, without question, we can hang with the best.  We battled through 8 tough innings and suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in an international tiebreaker.  

After our toe-to-toe fight with Washington, we had to put our disappointment behind us and get ready for our final game of the weekend.  We came right back and battled UC Santa Barbara to a 5-3 victory and a positive end to our weekend in Palm Springs.  After our game we said our goodbyes to friends and family.  

After our farewells, we ate a quick dinner and went back to the hotel to shower and change for our trip home.  If I do say so myself, we are all looking pretty good. We clean up nicely, even after playing 5 games on the weekend! After a 2 hour bus ride to LAX, we checked in and headed through security.  We departed Los Angeles at 11:20 p.m. and arrived in Cleveland around 7:20 a.m. Eastern time.  We walked to our next gate and awaited our departure for Columbus.  

After a short delay due to a weight restriction (I guess we ate too much Del Taco while we were in Palm Springs :-)), we walked down a flight of stairs, out the door and straight into a scene from the old baseball classic Major League.  Sitting outside on the snow covered tarmac in Cleveland was a 37-seat propeller airplane or what I like to call a “puddle jumper”.  I felt like the airport workers were gonna start duct taping the propellers at any second!!  

As we boarded the plane on a wobbly staircase, I heard all kinds of jokes coming from our deliriously tired team.  On any other day, it would’ve been WAY too early in the morning to be laughing as hard as we were!  After a loud and bumpy takeoff and landing, we were safely on the ground in Columbus.  After a quick bus ride back to the Woody Hayes, we all went our separate ways to either go to class or go home and sleep.  This weekend was wonderful and eventful as always.  I really enjoyed the opportunity to relive it all through my blogs.  I hope you all enjoyed reading my stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.  

To my team:  I am so proud to be a part of this special group of girls. 
Let’s continue working hard and keep our eyes on that prize!  
-Tory #44

Saturday morning started out with a trip to a restaurant called Elmers for breakfast.  Famous for their pancakes and Dutch babies, Elmers did 
not disappoint as once again the Bucks left breakfast full and happy. After our breakfast, we rode back to the hotel for some free time. 
Coach Beach, B-ritt and Erin picked us up some sandwiches from Subway and we ate lunch at the hotel before preparing for our game against the University of Hawaii.  Before we departed for the field, Coach and Ali told us about getting “locked out” of their room and we were all laughing ’til we were red in the face.  Apparently all the rooms look the same from the outside!!! And in the words of the security officer who came to “unlock” their already unlocked room, “you really shouldn’t leave your door open, it is not safe!!” After that slightly amusing episode at the hotel, we headed to the fields to play some softball.  We took the field to play Hawaii at 3:00 p.m. 

Yesterday marked, in my opinion, the Buckeyes first real loss of the season.  We jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against the Rainbow Wahines of Hawaii in the first inning.  Unfortunately, after our first inning rally were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.  Hawaii took a 4-2 lead in the 5th inning when their first baseman sent a grand slam over the right center field fence.  We tried to respond during our last two at bats but came up just short.  We had a talk with coaches after the game and decided that we had an opportunity at 8:30 against Loyola Marymount to come right back and recover from a little adversity.  Recover is exactly what we did!  Thanks to some monster bombs by my roomie Whitney Cooper, the Sambino, and a walk off shot by Courtney Pruner, we finished the game 8-0 in 5 innings.  We finished the day on a good note and headed back to the hotel to get some rest for an even bigger day tomorrow when we take on 3rd-ranked Washington at noon and UC Santa Barabara at 2 p.m.
Here we go Bucks!!
  Tory #44

FRIDAY – Part 2
It’s that time of year again and all I can say is the Reeder brothers are IN THE HOUSE!! Our bus pulled up to the fields around 4:00 and we were promptly greeted by the eldest Reeder brother, Trevor who donned a red mohawk, a freshly waxed chest with a large, red O painted in the center and the by far the loudest mouth of any Buckeye softball fan in the history of Buckeye softball! 🙂 After our brief encounter with Trevor and his chaperon Mrs. Reeder, we all had a quick laugh and then walked over to the cages to start our pre-game warm up.  Coach Beach threw us some “saucy” BP and we warmed up our arms before taking the field to face the University of Nevada Wolfpack.  The stands looked like a sea of red when the game got underway as the annually creative and entertaining Reeder Family, along with dozens of Buckeye faithful, were on hand to watch.  Kim Reeder took the mound for us and pitched another gem with a little help from Lindsay Bodeker who came in to close the deal.

“Should’ve been a First Team All-American (but that’s okay we’ll show em’ this year buddy)” Sam Marder was ON FIRE tonight!  Some timely hits from the Sambino and Courtney Pruner, a.k.a Grandma, combined with our speedy “secret weapon” (can’t say her name or Coach might kill me and no Sam, I’m not talking about you ;-)) and some clutch defensive stops by Shep and Ruth (Alicia) proved to be a deadly combination as we came away with a 3-1 win!  After a HUUGGEE OH-IO cheer with the packed stands, we visited our friends and family and then hopped on the bus. 

Destination….Del Taco, a true taste of my roommate Whitney Cooper’s hometown, the lovely Barstow, California!  Where the very first Del Taco was opened, that’s about all they’ve got going on over in Barstow, or so I hear!! After our delicious dinner, we went back to our hotel to shower and get ready for the day tomorrow.  I however, sacrificed personal hygiene briefly for a quick visit with my family and an amazing back massage courtesy of John, B-Moneys dad, who is giving Mrs. Vanderink a run for her money with his chocolate chip cookies and banana bread :-)!  Now, I am going to get a quick shower and head to bed.  We have a big day tomorrow, Hawaii at 3:00 and Loyola Marymount at 8:30 p.m.  I’ll be back after the games for some more blogging…so get excited!  Here we go Bucks….ROUND 2!!!
Until that time (that one is for you Uncle Jim),
     -Tory #44

FRIDAY – Part 1
Friday morning we woke up and went to breakfast in the hotel at 9 a.m. I think it is fairly unanimous amongst the team that the Doral Desert Princess Resort has one of the best breakfast buffets in the world!  Waking up to fresh fruit, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, breakfast potatoes, biscuits with gravy, French toast and a big glass of milk, orange juice or coffee was a pretty great way to start off the day for the Buckeyes.  After breakfast we had some free time and most of us went outside by the pool to enjoy the beautiful scenery and California climate.  After a couple hours of relaxing, we headed to Applebees for lunch.  After lunch we are going back to the hotel to change into our uniforms, fix our “Game Day” hair, make sure our ribbons our properly in place and get ready for our game tonight against Nevada at 5:30.  
Here we go Bucks, ROUND 1!!!
-Tory #44

Today started off like any regular Thursday morning at The Ohio State University. Those of us on the team who actually have classes more than two days a week, attended our morning classes and then headed to the locker room to get ready for practice!! 😉  This would mark our final practice before our trip to the Cathedral City Classic in beautiful Palm Springs, California!  After practice, we all went to clean up and grab a bite to eat before heading to the airport.  We boarded our flight in Columbus and took off at 6:10 p.m. EST.  We were joined on the flight by the Ohio State Women’s Tennis team who were traveling to Oregon for some out of conference matches.  We arrived in Houston and had to quickly rush through the airport to find something to eat for dinner.  Our last flight of the day took off around 8:55 p.m. Central time and needless to say, this day was starting to seem like it was never ending.  After studying, sleeping and listening to our Ipods for most of the flight, we FINALLY arrived in Orange County, California at 10:45 p.m. Pacific time a.k.a waaayy past our bedtime Eastern time. We picked up our luggage and boarded the bus for our two-hour drive to Palm Springs.  We pulled into our hotel at 1:00 a.m. and walked to our rooms half asleep to get some rest for the long weekend ahead!  Goodnight!
-Tory #44