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Team Canada

What a great question!

I had so many amazing memories with Team Canada that is it hard to pick just one, so I have two!

The first one is when we beat Team USA in 2005. I was going to be throwing that game, and Team Canada had never beaten Team USA before in history. I remember our Coach making it pretty clear that it wasn’t looking good for us to get a win against them. That is when it hit me: she was putting me out there to get beat, and made it obvious by how she was speaking about it. I remember getting so excited to take the mound against them because I felt like I was ready for this challenge. We ended up winning that game and I threw 7 innings! We won 2-1. It was honestly one of the best moments in my softball career. It was also just before I was going to the University of Washington. It was nice to be a part of the first team to beat USA, and the fact that I was able to pitch every pitch of that game made it even more special!

Another special moment playing with Team Canada was getting the chance to compete in the 2008 Olympic games. Since softball is out of the Olympics for right now, it made it even more special. We did not do as well as we wanted, but the memories I will have from that trip make it so worth it.

If you have any questions, make sure to post then on this blog or via twitter and I will try to answer as many as I can!

Danielle Lawrie

 

Don't Let Social Media Destroy You

As you all know, social media pretty much rules the world now. 

   

When it comes to things you want to know, you can find it all out via twitter within seconds, sometimes even faster than the news. They now post everyone’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook info when talking in interviews on the news and in the papers. Who knew this stuff was going to get so big one day. 

Social media is a fun way to connect with people, reconnect with people, and keep tabs on your loved ones. However, it is also something that can do damage to you permanently. I’m so lucky that I did not have to deal with this while I was growing up on the softball field. I have realized now that is can be a huge distraction to young women. Why I’m writing this blog is to warn, not only young women, but also their parents in the importance of being cautious about what is going up online in your child’s life. Anyone and everyone can have access to those posts. It takes one person to post a bad picture of you, or you writing something bad about someone else, to ruin your career.

Be cautious of what you post. A college coach has the option to check all of those things, and at times that can be a huge factor in whether or not they recruit you to their school. If they see derogatory photos of you up on the internet, or pictures of you getting drunk with your friends, this will obviously raise concern with them. People need to realize how much a college coach invests in you when they give you a scholarship opportunity. Not only are they giving you an opportunity to get a first class education, you are joining a new family. Think about if you were to invite someone new into your family, what traits would you want from them? How would you want them to act off the softball field? What is important to them in their lives? These are things you need to think about. How you treat your family when you’re at the ball field is something that coaches watch and take pride in. If you disrespect them, or your teammates, what will you do when you come to their program? It would be an easy decision for me to say no to people like that. It’s unfortunate when you go to games, and see 9 & 10 year olds walking around with cell phones. I remember those days and those being some of the best days of my life just hanging out with my teammates at the ball field. I loved not having that distraction. I understand it is a different world we live in, but always be cautious about those things.

                I’m a big karma person. Respect the game, work hard, and the game will reward you back. It is how hard you work when your off the field, how you focus on your studies, how you respect and play for your teammates, and most importantly, how you love and respect your family! All of this sounds easy, but you can get caught up in some many things these days. Strive to be a little bit better every single day. That's what matters.. Yes, it is important to win games, but is it even more important to be a GREAT person. Remember that.

 

 

Thank you guys :)

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

Written by Kirsten Shreve — July 21, 2014

What's the Next Step?

Question asked via Twitter from @breed744

Hi Bryan,

Thanks for your question! There are so many different career paths that I have thought out! I wanted to Coach for a long time. I was thinking about becoming a DI pitching Coach and had told many people this was what I wanted to do. I started to realize after I had Madison that Coaching would take a lot of time away from my family, and especially her. She is my main focus right now and when we decide to have more children they will all be our main focus. If I were to be a Coach, the travel schedule, as well as long hours, would take too much time away from my babes.

After talking things out with my brother, we both decided on opening up a baseball/softball facility in the Seattle area. The possibilities with something like this are endless. Not only can I coach kids from youth to college, but I can make my own schedule and bring my kiddos with me some days if I need to. I have always wanted to give back to this game, and there is no better place in the world than Seattle! I can be around my Huskies, the Mariners, and my family! I can’t wait to take that next step in my life. I want to help young women get better every single day and do everything in my power to help them reach their dreams within the game!

Maybe coaching my daughters softball team is in the mix one day, but only time will tell!!

I may be too hard on her :)

 

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this!! I appreciate you guys!

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

 

 

 

 

Team Axe

Working for Axe Bat is not just a job to us.The truth is, we love baseball! So naturally when slowpitch season came around, it was time to lace up our cleats and get our butts out on the diamond! Now, we may not have been the best, but we sure had a lot of fun!

The first year Axe Slowpitch team has been all about progress. We all know dynasties take years to put together and we’re no different. Technically, another week remains until our fate is sealed, but we can safely look back at the season as a whole and reflect on the experience for everyone involved. We’ve seen crafty veterans display power, speed, and agility all across the diamond. We’ve also seen highly touted prospects come up only to fizzle under pressure. Team Axe has had its share of up’s and down’s, but we can honestly say that it’s been a great bonding experience and fun for everyone involved.

Starting out the year, we didn’t know what to expect. We had a mix of current, former, and first time players across multiple departments coming out. How would we fare? Could we keep up with the level of competition? Could we even field a full team? It didn’t help that the division we signed up for folded, so we had to be bumped up into a higher competition bracket. Not exactly the best way to start out, but we got after it either way.

The first few weeks were difficult. We got trounced in our first 4 games and started off with an 0-4 record. We knew we were better than that, so it was only a matter of time until we found a lineup and defense that played to our strengths. We identified contact hitters, power hitters, and players with a ridiculous amount of speed. We found our infield, outfield, and much needed catcher of the future. Our lineups were set. It was only a matter of time until we figured it out, and around game 6 we found our stride.

We battled back and played solid ball for the remainder of the season, eventually ending at 7-7. Not a horrible record by any means, but being as competitive as we are, it left a lot to be desired. As we wrap up the season this week with the final rounds of the playoffs, we’ll look to end the season on a high note and bring back Team Axe for another season this fall. Even though the record doesn’t reflect it (right now), we’re all extremely lucky to be a part of such a fun organization and group of people. Nothing beats warehouse employee’s high-fiving management, sales talking to customers about the “bomb they hit yesterday” (true story), and the entire organization razzing Brent (last name omitted) for an 0-5 performance. The experience we all shared goes beyond the ball field creates an atmosphere that only few are lucky enough to be a part of.

I think it’s safe to say you can expect to see Team Axe out there again next year kickin’ some behind (or at least giving it a solid effort)!

 

The Importance of Work Ethic

The Importance of Work Ethic

 

I thought it would be a great idea for me to write a blog about growing up and playing this game.

My brother and I played multiple sports. That allowed us to choose what we loved and ultimately, what game we would stick with. I see so many young women these days choosing one sport and focusing on that at 11 or 12 years old, and I think it’s really dumb. It's true that kids are getting recruited a lot earlier these days, but remember if you pour all your heart and soul into something at such a young age, that burning desire you have for it may run out in 5-6 years because of softball overload.

Allow your kids to play different sports. Not only is it good for the mind, it’s great for the body to learn different types of fitness levels. Basketball was my favorite sport to play competitively outside of the softball diamond. I still miss those days of my heart pumping and being so nervous before a big game. It’s a different type of fitness level and it’s VERY quick thinking with reaction time. Those are skills that cannot be taught playing softball. My first recommendation is to allow your kids a chance to choose what they love, don’t force them into things.

After playing many sports, I started to show more love towards the softball diamond. I was a lot better than most growing up, and the game came pretty easy to me.  However, like many other athletes, I went through a lot in the beginning. Being told I couldn’t pitch and that I was going nowhere with it, was a true blessing in disguise. That’s where I got my “I’m going to shove it in your face” attitude. I still remember one of my old coaches, she wanted her daughter to be the ace of the team. Here’s some advice, those people mean very little in your life. Control what you can and keep chipping away. Good things will come.

The more I started to practice I realized I was getting a lot better. My brother and I were fortunate enough to have a dad that worked out with us 24/7. We did so much at such a young age that it was just expected when we got home from school. We would either practice in the back yard, or we would go down to the local track and do some running.  My dad would hit us ground balls and I would pitch a little bit. This was the difference between being just an okay player, and being a great player. I started training myself at age 12 that it is super important to workout on your own. I carry that work ethic still. I have never been one to suck up to a coach, and I never ever will. I’m one that believes in working your tail off and that will decide your playing time. Working out with your team 1-2 times a week is not good enough. It is what you do on the side that will dictate your future in this sport. Be a loyal teammate, respect the game, work your butt off, and thank your parents.

I sit here now as a parent and someone who is almost done playing a sport that has given me so much, and it blows me away how much I have learned. This game has allowed me to travel the world with the National Team, compete in the 2008 Olympics, help my team win our first National Championship, compete for PAC 12 championships, play professionally in Japan and also play professionally in the USA. When I look at those words typed above, I am humbled and grateful. It will be hard to hang these cleats up, but my next step in life is to be a mom, and help my daughter reach the milestones I was lucky enough to get to. It all starts from work ethic at a young age.

 

My plans for the future are changing rapidly. My family is looking to relocate to the Seattle area within the next year (probably Alderwood or Mill Creek area). My brother and I are looking to open up a baseball/softball facility. I really have a passion for helping this game grow and passing my knowledge on to young women so they have the chance to play at the highest level. I cannot wait for that.

 

Thanks again to you all who take the time to read this!

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — July 14, 2014

Juggling Softball & The Rest of Your Life

This questions was asked via Twitter from @bbesse (Besse) and she asked:

 

GREAT questions Besse. Now-a-days trying to cram everything in is extremely hard. What young women have to deal with these days is crazy! Social media, boys, homework, high school ball, travel ball, and trying to work out on their own.

My best advice would be to get your parents to set up a schedule for you. Meaning a visual for young girls to be able to look at and say “Ok, I have practice from 5-7 tomorrow, so my homework slot is when I get home from school until practice time.” It is also a great idea to set a timer while you work. If you have a two-hour window for homework, set a timer every half hour where you can get up from the table and take a 5 minute break. Go outside and get some fresh air!

Kids have many distractions these days with social media. If I was parenting I would take all of that away during homework time, as well as during practice time. I see many girls at the ball field with phones, and it drives me CRAZY! I never had that when I was younger. My focus was softball and hanging with my friends. Kids that are stuck with a phone in their face wanting to tweet and instagram non-stop are not focused on the task at hand. If you’re a parent, have better control on issues like that. One wrong thing posted on social media by your child can dictate their future in collegiate sports as well as their career. Be cautious and on top of it.

 

Hope this answers your question Besse!

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

What it's like to be a Softball-Playing Mom!

Softball with Maddie on the road!

What an adventure it has been since day one!

I never knew it was going to be this hard, and that's not a bad thing. I'm learning as I go and I have a lot of help!

I think having her on the road with me has taught me so many thing, like how important organization truly is! 

 

My mom travels with us, which is a HUGE help, but it definitely takes a lot of organization.

She has so many things that need to go from point A to point B, so traveling is difficult, especially the 5-10 day road trips.

 

But in the end it's all worth it to have my beautiful baby girl with me! I wouldn't have it any other way!

 

Please feel free to post questions that you have for me!

Thanks again to everyone taking the time to read this!! 

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — July 11, 2014

How Did Danielle Lawrie Get Recruited?

This week's question comes from @Baybay_2 Instagram:

 "What did you do to get recruited?"

 

Great question! It is never easy to try and put yourself out there for coaches.

First off, with me it helped that I started playing with the national team at 15 so that had put my foot in the door. Once I started playing more, I was approached by the USA coaches asking if I had sent anything out to schools yet. Since I hadn't, they told me I should send information to the schools I'm interested in, let them know what tournaments I would be playing in and that I was interested in their school.

They also said, "Remember, not everyone is going to want you."

That statement could not be more true. The only top schools I got recruited by were Nebraska, Alabama & Washington. I never heard back from anyone else. As hard as it was to swallow back then, now I look back and know that I was MEANT to go to Washington. Be patient. Email schools and let them know you're interested. Put videos up on YouTube so they can see you. Also, don't try and act different on the field in front of coaches. Do what you've always done. Respect the game, your opponents and your family.

Let your playing do the talking.

 

Thanks for checking in guys

 

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

 

 

 

Danielle on bouncing back after a tough game

 I'm going to answer a question from alex_stewartt on instagram. His question is 

 

How did you bounce back from failure in big stage games at the college level?

 

Great question to answer. It is NEVER easy to fail at any level, especially in college when you put your heart and soul into everything that you do. Honestly what got me through a lot of tough outings was my mental approach to the game. Here is an example. We played Oklahoma my SR year in super regionals. We had played them already in pre season and had won against them, but they still had hit pretty good off of me. They were coming into our house, so I should have been over the moon excited/confident. Once I got out there on the hill, things started to fall apart. I started thinking the game to much, I started to force pitches instead of just snapping them off and trusting my practice and preparation. I remember I had given up three home runs to Amber Flores that game. Never in my life had one player made me look so bad. I had to tip my cap on the first home run,  but it was my fault as a pitcher to allow her to do it two more times. Anyways, I had a brutal day out there, I looked intimidated in my own home circle and clearly wasn't the same person I normally am. I remember after the game sitting in the locker room crying, realizing that I just let my team down and myself down, and that tomorrow could be my only game left in a Washington Jersey. I told Coach Tarr I wanted to sit down and watch the whole game over again and put myself through the situations all over again and relive my emotions and how I felt. It was tough watching me get beat down out there and continue to let it happen, but it made me better sitting there and watching myself fail. I went to bed that night thinking of how I could be better and that tomorrow is a new day and I had nothing to lose. I went to breakfast that day with my dad, and a super fan Ashley Aven who was a super UW softball fan was at the same restaurant. She had been battling cancer for a while, and had been a big part of our team that 2010 year. I remember she was so concerned about me, asking if I was ok and if I was going to be alright. I told her that things were going to be different at the next game. After she had left my dad looked at me and said " How can you sit and worry about your game when someone who is battling for her life is more concerned about you and your feelings." Thats when it hit me that life really is to short, I cannot sit here and dwell on last nights game, I have to move forward and be my best self and leave it all out there on the field. We ended up coming back and winning two games. I threw 14 scoreless innings and took the high road and walked Amber Flores so she WOULD not beat me. Sometimes thats what it takes as a player to allow yourself to be vulnerable and know that you cannot always beat EVERYONE, but I'll be dammed if I let them beat me without a fight. It was smart for me to just put her on and attack the other hitters and it worked in our favor. We made it to the World Series that year and I was able to finish my last home game at Husky Stadium. Your mental approach to the game is what is going to take you to the next level. Find a focal point at the ball park, and put all your energy and negative energy into that. Try and have a poker face as much as you can. Even when you struggle, know that you can always wake up tomorrow and play again. 

 

Thank you to everyone that takes the time to read this!! I'm sorry I have been so distant! It has been tough trying to find time with this NPF season and with baby Maddie!!

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — July 01, 2014