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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

Tips on being Recruited to a DI College

Today's Question For Danielle Lawrie come from Kyliegavitt via Instagram:

What is the best way to be recruited by D1 colleges ? How did you do it?

 

Hi Kylie, great question! Getting recruited by DI colleges is really tough. First things first, you have to practice/practice/practice. A lot of this hard work happens on your own time away from your team. Next thing is to play with a good travel ball team.

It's important that your with a team that is able to travel around to different high end tournaments where a lot of D1 coaches are going to be attending. It is also important to write all the schools your interested in, and let them know why your interested in their school. Also, let them know where your going to be playing in travel ball tournaments.

How you act on and off the ball field is extremely important. Coaches pay close attention to how you act when you struggle and how you treat your family, so remember that. Another thing that plays in to affect is social media. Be careful with what you post because some things can affect you for the long term.  

 

Hope this answers your question.

 

Our NPF season is underway, so I'm trying my best to keep you guys in the loop as best as I can. Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this.

 

Danielle Lawrie

Danielle Lawrie on Being Back Between the Lines

I thought it only made sense to write a blog about me being back in between the lines! Man oh man does it sure feel good!! It was a whirlwind to get here and try and pack for Madison, as well as myself! There were 3 giant bags, a diaper bag, a purse, and one more bag, including her stroller, car seat, car seat adapter! I never realized how organized you need to be until I had a baby and we were going away for 3 months! It is pretty overwhelming.

 

I'm lucky enough to have my mom down here, to help out with the baby, and travel with us to quite a few places. It would not be possible without her help, that is for sure. We are also lucky enough to have an owner as generous as Don, who is allowing for all of this to happen!

 

Practice started a couple days ago, and I was really excited to get back out there. Not only was I excited to start training again with a team, but it was just great being around teammates again, and having something in common again with people! Practices have been going well. We have been throwing bullpens, and finally through live to hitters today. We have also done a good chunk of defense, as well as a bit of conditioning added in there. I can't even explain how great it feels to be back. We keep practicing for the next week and a bit and then our season kicks off May 30!

 

I feel so thankful to be back, and I can't wait until we start games! Majority of our games will be live streamed at www.usssapride.com so please check them out and watch!!

 

Thanks again for everyone who takes the time to read these and check out my video blogs! I appreciate it!

 

Danielle Lawrie

www.daniellelawrie15.com

 

Danielle Lawrie's Jersey Retirement Weekend

What an amazing weekend.

Words cannot even describe how cool this weekend all was. So many family and friends came out. We had about 50-60 people come from across the border to hang out and be a part of it all! We got down there on Thursday and got to be on the New Day tv show! My mini guest on the show was Miss Madison. She did so wonderful! She just sat on my lap like a champ ( I think its cause she liked the attention). I was also surprised by a couple guests on the show Coach Tarr, Coach Glasoe, Bailey, Shawna and Hooch! It was the perfect welcoming in of the weekend!  

I felt like the weekend went by so quickly! Thursday and Friday were spent hanging with family and friends and making sure I made my rounds to try and see everyone. 

Once Saturday came, it was mayhem. Trying to get Madison all set and ready to go, and then myself on top of it took a lot of time! We had to be at the softball stadium around 2:45, so we left at 2 because Montlake was shut down. Once we got there everyone just kind of hung out, mingled, and before you know it, it was time for speeches. Coach Tarr, got up there and gave a really heartwarming speech. She cares so much about everyone that comes into our program. She is someone who will always be close to my heart, and I cannot wait to get back closer to UW so I can help out that softball program any way I can. I was next up for speeches, and was up there for about 15 minutes or so. It was nice to get all of my thank you's out to people who were all there. My life has been on the go so much, I never get a chance to be in one spot with everyone, and let them all know how much I appreciate that. I talked about my previous coaches, friends, family, and most importantly, my teammates throughout this whole journey.

Every single award and accolade is awesome, and I will have the trophy's for my children to see one day, but without my teammates, none of those awards are possible. The things we accomplished as a group, and as friends/family are far greater then any individual award. I tried to make that VERY clear! They were my rock throughout it all, the 6 AM weights, the conditioning we dreaded all week, the homework, the study hall, we went through it all, and that's what makes it all so worth it! 

After speeches, we hung out for a bit longer, and then it was time to head out on the field on that rainy saturday night. They game was actually cancelled ( because of rain) but the fans waited around, to see the unveiling of my jersey up on the wall. It was an emotional time sitting out there in the pouring rain, knowing all of these fans waited around to see this special thing happen! I was so humbled standing out there in the middle of the field that day. I then waited around for about and hour and a half to sign things and meet everyone that stuck around.  

It was a great great night, and I really want thank the Big W club for the amazing job they did putting this all together. I also want to thank my mom for sending invites out to family, and most importantly Coach Tarr for everything she did to make this weekend happen. It truly was something special, and will never forget how special Seattle has made me feel! I cannot wait to move back there in the future and be apart of that city forever, kids and all! 

Thank you all again for taking the time to read this! I appreciate your following! 

Love 

Danielle
www.daniellelawrie15.com
xoxo

Albany State Golden Rams Goes Undefeated in SIAC!

 

 

Twenty wins. No losses. That’s what a perfect conference record looks like, just ask AXE college Albany State University Rams baseball team.

Sunday, April 14, 2014 wrapped up an undefeated conference season for the Golden Rams with a three-game sweep of Paine College. Lead by two-time SIAC Coach of the Year Kenyan Conner and Assistant Coach John Flynt, the team ended the season 20-0 in conference and 32-18 overall.

The Rams had a solid start on the year with a pair of wins. Although they struggled with an 8-game losing streak early on in the season, the Rams came back strong when it mattered most. This Division II powerhouse mowed down every SIAC Conference team they faced.  

As a team, the Rams posted a batting average of .307 on the season wielding the AXE, with 110 hits, 98 runs, 8 homeruns, 3 triples and 19 doubles.

Six Albany State Gold Rams were recognized by the league: Reise McDaniel, Robert Latner, Ryan Latner, Jacob Campbell, Allen Hardy and John Paul Bernard.

2014 SIAC Baseball First Team All-Conference  

Name

Position

Class

School

Robert Latner

C

Senior

Albany State

Nick Baldelli-Boggs

1B

Senior

Stillman

Ryan Latner

2B

Junior

Albany State

Fernando Tanaka

SS

Junior

Stillman

Cash Oliver

3B

Senior

Tuskegee

James Campbell

OF

Senior

Albany State

Joseph Falletta

SP

Senior

Stillman

Tyler Vails

RP

Senior

Stillman

    2014 SIAC Baseball Second Team All-Conference  

Name

Position

Class

School

Johnny Surry

C

Sophomore

Clark Atlanta

Andre Collum

1B

Sophomore

Kevin Davis

2B

Junior

Benedict

Allen Hardy

SS

Junior

Albany State

Paul Winterbottom

3B

Junior

Stillman

Daniel Young

OF

Sophomore

Benedict

John Paul Benard

SP

Freshman

Albany State

Justin Langdale

RP

R-Sophomore

Miles

  Player of the Year: Fernando Tanaka, Stillman Starting Pitcher of the Year: Joseph Falletta, Stillman Relief Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Vails, Stillman Utility Player of the Year: Daniel Young, Benedict Freshman of the Year: Reise McDaniel, Albany State Coach of the Year: Kenyan Conner, Albany State

GO RAMS!

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 30, 2014

Danielle Lawrie's Q&A of the Week

Danielle Lawrie answers your questions! Today she talks about how to reach your goal of playing college softball, Madison's future in sports, training for faster pitches, and tips to combat blisters from pitching. Have other questions? Ask them below in the comments section!

Written by Annie-Rose Schindler — April 29, 2014