Hello Elk Grove! For those who don't know me, my name is Lindsey Ziegenhirt and I'm a Sheldon High alumni c/o 2009. I played softball for the Lady Huskies for 4 years and won back to back section championships my sophomore and junior year.
I am currently playing softball for University of California at Berkeley and, after winning the Super Regionals in Kentucky last weekend, I am now writing to you from the NCAA College Softball World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
It has been such an honor to be regarded as one of the top 8 teams in the country, and believe me, it hasn't been an easy road. The Pac-10 conference is full of top ranked teams, and every weekend prepared us for this level of competition. Every little softball girl's dream is to play in the College World Series. Now that we are finally here it seems unreal and dream-like. I know I'll look back on this coming week with pride and fond memories no matter what the final outcome.
If I may say so, this is a great week to be a Cal Bear. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (well, hopefully not once, but there is no such thing as a guarantee in softball).
Yesterday, we traveled from Lexington, Kentucky to Oklahoma on our own chartered flight. Every girl got their own row on the plane and our bus picked us up right on the tarmac, like real celebrities! We arrived at our hotel, and quickly got ready for the Champions Dinner with all the other teams.
Today, we had interviews and photos with ESPN and practiced on the stadium field. However, tomorrow the real fun begins as we face Alabama in the very first game of the tournament.
It's game time. GO BEARS!