Our last line of defense is locked in

Courtesy of Kayla Braud

The Crimson Tide outfielders play with passion, knowing their defense can be the difference between a win and a loss. From left, Jennifer Fenton, Jazlyn Lunceford, Keima Davis, associate head coach Alyson Habetz and Kayla Braud.

If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion. -- Mia Hamm

Outtie love. The Crimson Tide outfielders start their practice every single day with those words. Our outfield is defined by love for a position that sometimes is overlooked, respect for what they do and a desire to strive to be better each and every day. Although there are only four outfielders -- Jennifer Fenton, Jazlyn Lunceford, Kayla Braud and Keima Davis -- they are four of the fastest and hardest working outfielders to ever step foot on the grass at Rhoads Stadium.

Jen: A senior from Kennesaw, Ga., she is a rock in center field. She plays with speed and passion to lead her fellow outties. Jen has emerged as one of the best lefty triple-threats in the game this year.

Jaz: She is one of the hardest workers on the team. A native of Northport, Ala., Jaz is our hometown hero because of her infamous pinch-hit grand slam in the World Series her freshman year. As a senior this year, Jaz plays right field and is the definition of clutch.

Keima: A junior from Deerfield Beach, Fla., she is a super athlete with a laser for an arm. You may have seen her dancing during Bama beats, or playing a fierce outfield. No matter what the situation is, though, you will never catch Keima without a smile across her face.

Kayla: [I, Ryan, will be talking about Kayla so you readers don’t think she is bragging about herself.] “Bro,” as she is known to all on this team, plays left field and leads off for us. She is a junior from Eugene, Ore. She is the catalyst of this team, the spark plug and the fiercest player by far. She loves to win but hates to lose more.

The outfield of the Tide is special. They spend just as much time working defensively as the infield and realize that they can be the difference between a win and a loss. Coach Aly [Alyson Habetz] instills a bend-but-never break attitude amongst the four of them, meaning that a hitter may get a single, but they are going to have to pull off a miracle to score. They are the last line of defense on the Crimson Tide softball team, and they are going to catch everything, we can guarantee it.

Roll Tide.