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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Finish it and Roll Tide

By Kayla Braud and Ryan Iamurri

Kayla Braud, right, celebrating a homer with teammate Jazlyn Lunceford, and the Crimson Tide have beaten Tennessee and Arizona State to open the WCWS.
Kayla Braud, right, and the Crimson Tide have beaten Tennessee and Arizona State to open the WCWS.


Sorry readers, it has been a while since we have written. As you know, we have been a little busy at the best place on earth for college softball ... Oklahoma City!

There are some great teams here at the College World Series, and we would like to first and foremost congratulate Arizona State, Cal, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Florida and Tennessee on a great season thus far.

This year we have grown so much as a team. Not many teams can say they have twenty girls on the same page, but we can. As Coach Aly [Habets] says, "We have one heartbeat."

We all want a national championship, as do the other teams here. So who is going to win it all? We cannot answer this because we can only control the controllables. We can control our passion, our attitude, our fight, our confidence and our effort. To this team, controlling these things almost seems effortless.

Yeah it is easy to celebrate with each other after a game-winning home run, but we also feel pain and loss for each other during times of struggle. We are one. Winning it all with this team would be the perfect ending to this dream. The dream that every little softball player has that comes to watch us play under the lights at Hall Of Fame Stadium. We were that little girl once, and we’re lucky enough to live out her dream…our dream.

Finish It and Roll Tide,

Kayla and Ryan