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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Bama battery power running at full strength

By Kayla Braud and Ryan Iamurri

Alabama Blog

Battery: two or more cells electrically connected to work together to produce electric energy.

That's exactly what the Alabama softball battery is -- pitchers and catchers working as hard as possible to charge our team. They are the life force of the Crimson Tide. And when they all click together, you're going to see something quite electric.

Let's begin with the pitching staff, led by pitching coach and former Alabama great Stephanie VanBrakle. (Steph was a two-time All-American and led the Tide to the Women's College World Series three times.)

Amanda Locke: The senior from Mesquite, Texas, has been our biggest surprise in the circle this year, coming up big when we've really needed her. She is a force to be reckoned with in the circle and box. Locke also has one of the biggest hearts on the team, keeping her presence fun and light.

Lauren Sewell: The junior from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was pitching the best of her career before she suffered a season-ending knee surgery. Now, she has taken on a new role of being a supporter and motivator for the entire staff. Sewell is simply one of those people you just love to be around; her fun spirit is contagious and she brings so much to joy to the team.

Jackie Traina: The sophomore from Naples, Fla., is the work-horse. Jackie is not driven by individual accolades or glory; she is driven by pure love for her teammates and will do anything to help us win. She is also one of the most calm, fun-loving people you will encounter, an attitude she carries in and out of the circle.

Leslie Jury: Our talented freshman from Anderson, S.C., pushes the entire staff to be better all the time. Leslie carries herself with a quiet confidence and fiery spirit. Off the field, she is great to be around, a true team player and someone you can always talk to about anything.

Our catchers are led by assistant coach Adam Arbour, a former baseball player at the University of Michigan:

Kendall Dawson: A senior from Plant City, Fla., her fellow backstop members call her their fearless leader. Her presence behind the plate and catching skills are unmatched. Kendall is also one of the funniest players on the team, and someone who will always be there for you.

Olivia Gibson: A senior from Tuscaloosa, Ala., she is the selfless act of the bunch, always there for support on and off the field. She has grown incredibly as a person over her career here and plays a very important role as she leads by example.

Jordan Patterson: A sophomore from Tuscaloosa, she is the relentless worker. At any time, you can probably catch her taking extra batting practice or working on her steal throws to second. She knows what it takes to win.

Chaunsey Bell: A freshman from Indianapolis, Ind., she is the gamer. When she is on the field, confidence pours from her. She's always talking, saying the right things and keeping the team in the game.

Together, the battery works hard, has fun and feeds off of each other to be the best versions of themselves. The pitchers and catchers wake up each and every morning with the desire to be the best in the country.

Roll Tide!