Limestone, Anderson, UNC Pembroke, & Tusculum

IMG_0369Kat played very well yesterday. I know for a fact she was suffering a migraine. She had texted me before the game began. I didn’t know what to tell here to do. It was very hard to imagine her playing with such a terrible headache.

I don’t know if she had told the coach. If she did tell the coach I’m sure she also told the coach she could still play. I don’t think she would feel right not playing because of a headache. And the fact that she is on scholarship probably played into it as well.

It is also probable that Kat was just overly tired on top of being stressed. The Saints had a doubleheader on Thursday at Anderson College. They won the first game against the Trojans, 4-3, and lost the second, 1-0. Having traveled on a weekday the players had to catch up on work they missed in school. It can be quite stressing.

Kat has a lion’s heart though. She also had a migraine in the 2 games on Saturday when they played the UNC Pembroke Braves in a doubleheader. She never gives up though. Limestone lost both games against the UNC Braves. The first game went into overtime, the Saints losing 7-6. The second game’s final score was 4-0. The Saints were not happy with their performance.

IMG_0473.JPGAlso, in either the first game or the second against the Braves, freshman pitcher, Sydney Sullivan, tore her ACL in the left knee. She may be out for a while. Sometimes a lion’s heart can cost you. Sydney went down on a pitch in pain. She got up, trotted around a bit, and decided that she could still pitch. On her next pitch, she went down for good crying out in pain.

On Sunday the Saints beat the Tusculum Pioneers 2-0 in their first game. In the second game, the Saints led the Pioneers 9-1. However, the Pioneers were determined not to lose a second time and battled back to within one point. The score was now 9-8 at the top of the 6th inning. Their defense kept the Saints from scoring any more points in the bottom of the 6th.

At the top of the 7th inning, the Pioneers popped up 3 times in a row and Limestone caught everyone to win the game. The final score 9-8.

Off To a Great Start

We had our first game of the season on the weekend of Feb 3.  We played 2 games against St. Andrews and won both. We all played fairly well.

We were all set to play Catawba College on the 7th but got rained out. We played USC Aiken on Friday the 9th instead of Saturday. We won both games. Aiken hung in offensively the first game, so to beat them the way we did was a huge momentum swing for us. The second game our pitcher stifled them so there wasn’t much offense to go around for either team.

I’m not sure who our toughest competition is right now, but we are definitely are going for the conference championship, which was won by NGU last year. I think we have the talent and skill and dedication to win any game as long as we show up ready to play.

If you’d like to come to our next game check our schedule on the Limestone Saints official schedule page. I look forward to seeing you there.

First Game of the Season

Kat and her college team had a pretty good first outing. It was a non-conference game against the Saint Andrews Knights, in Laurinburg, NC. Here are some pics from the day. The first 8 are of a  catch Kat made.

Here are a few more I managed to get. All the girls played well. They all seem to get along really well. They all seem to love Coach Yates, the head coach. I have met her a few times and get a really good feeling about her.

I didn’t get pics of everyone. It was pretty cold that day. And after a while I was so cold I was no longer thinking about taking pictures. But there are more to be found on the Limestone Saints Twitter Page.

Primed & Ready to Go!

IMG_9452I feel excited to finally play an official game. The team looks good and we have a lot of talent. We have a good chance of winning a lot of games if we play the way we all know we can. We’re all ready to start the season. So stay tuned!

Limestone Softball Season

IMG_0369Kat has been busy with school this school year. Her first semester in she came away with a 4.0 GPA. She seems to have adjusted very well to college life. I think the only thing I heard her complain about was, “Gaffney is so boring.”

She has had some minor injuries; muscle strain, shoulder pain etc. For the most part, she has been quite healthy. She has enjoyed being on the team so far. She seems to like all of her teammates.

We are looking forward to seeing her play in her first official college softball game against St. Andrews University. That will take place in Laurinburg, NC on February 3. I don’t know if she is starting. I don’t expect it. It would be nice to see though.

If you would like to see the Limestone Saints play this season check out the team’s schedule here or on the Limestone Saint’s  Official Website.

Playing In College

Kat At Limestone from Tony Tate on Vimeo.

Yesterday, I saw Kat play with her new college team, the Limestone Saints. She was definitely in her element. It was a Round Robin, fall games designed to get the team into playing outside opponents.

The team looked really good. I think they will have a great season. I look forward to seeing them play this year. The girls seem to have good relationships with one another. I saw good cohesion and they worked well together. I believed in them. I believe in my Kat  (😊).

I won’t get to see all the games, but, I will see as many as I can. And it’s not just about the team. Limestone seems to be a really good school, and Kat seems to be adjusting very well. As I  suspected she finds her schedule in college fairly easy to deal with. She has always been very good in school.

Her brother, Gabriel has also done well in college for the past 3 years. I am very proud of both of them. A father could not be more proud of his kids.


DSC_1570I never updated what was happening with the end of the softball season. There was really nothing to report. We made it to the first round of the playoffs and lost to Dutch Fort high school. Then we lost again to Wando. The Byrnes Rebels finally won the State Championship.

Now for more joyous news. I graduated this past weekend! My grandmother and grandfather are here in town to help celebrate. And all my closest friends were also there. My Mom and Step-Dad took us to the Bohemian Bull for lunch after graduation. We had some great food and a lot of fun. Afterward, we all went to Diana’s (a close family friend) for cake and ice cream.

On Sunday mom and my grandmother and my dad and I did a little bit of shopping for stuff I’ll need when I go off to college in a few months. I am really excited about college. I received several scholarships, including an athletic scholarship to play softball at Limestone College.

It’s a new beginning. There will be new challenges, new friends, and new surroundings. I will be an English and Elementary Education major. I have always loved to read and I like working with small children.

I’m looking forward to moving on to adulthood. I am thankful for all of my parent’s support and encouragement throughout my life, especially my mom who is my biggest supporter. I love you all.


The Lady Knights enter playoff play this week in Columbia, SC

Ashley Ridge was the regional winners this year. They have a really good team. Stratford didn’t do terribly this year but was unable to bring it all together. There were games they should have won but didn’t. But to say they had a losing season wouldn’t be accurate. They still have good coaches, and they have the determination to be the best. And anything can happen in a softball game. They are not out until they are out.

If you are able to come on out and support the Lady Knights Softball team this Wednesday in Columbia.

James Island Falls

We are still struggling. It just so happens that James Island struggled more than we did tonight. We have a very young pitcher who will one day be a great threat in high school. She’s only an 8th grader right now, and she already shows promise for this season. However, the pitcher position is one of our weaknesses, but not our greatest weakness by a long shot.

Clips from the game

We are still making significant errors in the infield and the outfield. Tonight we won against James Island because they made more errors than we did. And our pitcher, young as she is, did a better job than the James Island pitcher. I don’t know her name (@James Island), but she walked several of our batters and caused us to score twice by doing so before her coach finally took her out. She left the game with  her shoulder in an ice pack.

We won, 14 – 4. We play West Ashley again on Wednesday the 29th. We beat them in our first match. If we have our act together we can beat them again. Come on out and support us.

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