Nicholson NPF Blog #10: A Busy Two Weeks Lie Ahead...
Former ISU pitcher Shannon Nicholson
Former ISU pitcher Shannon Nicholson

Aug. 6, 2008

AKRON, Ohio - Hey there Redbird fans, and welcome back to my blog from the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Last week, we were at home in Akron, Ohio, for eight-straight games against the Rockford Thunder and the Chicago Bandits. We went 3-5 on the home stretch, and are hanging onto fourth place by a thread.

The top-four teams move into the league playoffs in two weeks, which leaves us in the middle of a dogfight. We have eight games left against Washington and Philadelphia, both of which are currently sitting in first and second place, respectively. We leave Thursday morning to take off for Washington, D.C. to play four games, and then bus over to Philly to take on the Force for our final four games of the regular season. Basically, our team never likes to do anything the easy way, and it will be an intense ten days for us as we finish up.

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Yesterday was our last home game here in Akron. We had a packed crowd as we dropped an eight-inning game to the Chicago Bandits. It was definitely a sad night, as we are pretty spoiled in our home stadium. Before the game, we had a pizza party with some season-ticket holders, some of whom have been to every game this season. The fans here in Akron are definitely very supportive of us, and it has been fun to play with such great crowds for every home game.

Last week was also fun because I got to play against one of my former teammates, Shanna Diller. Diller and I played on the same summer team before going to college, and she ended up going to the University of Illinois where I faced her several times. It was only appropriate that she was the first batter I faced when we played her team, the Rockford Thunder. We were probably both relieved when she put down a sacrifice bunt on the first pitch, leaving out all of the guessing what one another would do.

Now, I get to start packing up my room, since we will be on the road for the remainder of the season. Wednesday is our last day in Akron. My goal is to get packed, workout and still have some time to go to the pool, although the pool may be a priority after this last stretch of games.

I'll be sure to let you know how our playoff hunt is going next time. Go You Redbirds and Racers!

- Shannon Nicholson #19