Those affected by tornado are not forgotten

Alabama Athletics

Kayla Braud and Ryan Iamurri say the team has a blue collar work ethic, and the dirty uniforms to prove it.

"To play the game is great, to win the game is greater, but to love the game is the greatest of all." –- Anonymous

We come from all over the country, from small towns in Alabama to big cities in New York. Some look out their windows and see the beach, while others see mountains. Some have single moms, some were born into families of nine. We range from 4-foot-10 to over 6-feet tall. We were hand selected to wear the Crimson and White proudly across our chest. We may be different, but we are one. We are Alabama softball.

We want to first and foremost thank you for reading our first official Alabama softball blog, written by yours truly, Kayla Braud (junior from Eugene Ore., I play left field, hit left, and I am majoring in public relations) and Ryan Iamurri (sophomore from Naples, Fla., I play second base, and I am also majoring in public relations). Our goal is to give you insight into the world of collegiate softball through the eyes of the Crimson Tide. The season only lasts four months, but we live and breathe softball 365 days a year.

As we said before, we come from all over the country, but our paths have crossed in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Since our time at the Capstone, we as a unit have learned many things. One of the most important of those things is resiliency. We are resilient, just like the citizens of Tuscaloosa. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the tornado. Although we may be in Fayetteville, Ark., our hearts are with the citizens affected, and this weekend we play for them.

Following the tornado that destroyed many homes, schools and businesses, residents of T-Town rolled up their sleeves and put in the work to repair the city. As a softball team, we want to model that same blue collar work ethic. Don't believe us? Just take a look at Jazlyn Lunceford after a game. You will never catch her in a white uniform. Grass stains and clay line her uniform from her shoulders to her spikes. The hard work and determination is all worth it when we step onto the field on a Friday night in April under the lights in front of our home crowd.

We pride ourselves in having the best softball fans in the country. We set an NCAA single-game record for regular-season attendance at 3,940 fans two weeks ago at Rhoads Stadium. Alabama softball fever is contagious. Watch out, you can try to avoid it, but you might just be the next one to catch it.

Roll Tide,

Kayla and Ryan

Sneak peak for next week: On the road with Alabama softball.