By Maria Trivelpiece
Well, I have great news. The traveling has subsided and our Fordham Softball team has been hosting home games at the wonderful Bahoshy Field in the Bronx. There is more time to complete assignments, walk around campus and occasionally sleep. But, the end of the season is approaching, and it is crunch time.
Finals are creeping up on all of the students at Fordham University. We will be trying to keep our focus on the books even though the weather is warmer and the sun shining invites us to come bathe in its rays. The Atlantic-10 Tournament will be here before we even realize. This means that the concentration has to increase, the productivity needs to reach a new high, and school needs to be taken care of.
But this is the best time of the year. It is what you wait for as a student-athlete. You prepare all year for these few games in May. Every run and every lift are to condition us to persevere through the long season. Every extra rep, extra swing taken and situation-preparation are all for this time. You practice being under pressure, thriving in the clutch and containing the nerves so that when the time comes and you are called to make that big play or get that monumental hit, you are ready.
Your coaches have given you all they can, your trainers have made you better and healthier, and now it is time to lay it all on the line. This weekend I will play my last home series on Bahoshy Field. I did not think this time would come so soon, but then when does anyone ever think something so amazing could come to an end. But it will, and I won’t be ready for it. Yet, I will forever be grateful for the opportunities my sport has given me. From May 8 to May 11, we will look to defend our Atlantic 10 title in the tournament. It is an exciting time, and I hope that you will follow us on our journey.