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Published: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

The View from OKC: Gina Carbonatto's diary

Gina Carbonatto, a graduate of Lake Stevens High School, is an assistant coach for the University of Washington softball team. She has agreed to share her thoughts with Herald readers each day during the 2009 Womens College World Series in Oklahoma City. Heres what she had to say after the Huskies beat Florida Tuesday night to win a national title:
Our coach, Heather Tarr, put it best when she said: Are we in a dream?
Thats exactly how it feels right now, about an hour after the end of the championship game. Weve been working all year for this. Now its ours, and no one can take it away from us for the rest of our lives. No matter what happens, well always be able to say that in 2009 we were the best team in the United States.
All day, the girls were walking around like they were going to win another blowout. They were having a good time, fooling around at lunch. They truly expected to win. They acted as if they were going to be the national champs.
Im sure there were some nerves, but we didnt really talk about it. It was like we were icing the nerves. But we knew what was riding on the game.
For whatever reason, we mightve been a little tight in the first inning. But Florida came out and did a nice job; they put the ball in play and changed their approach at the plate. Its their third time seeing our pitcher, Danielle Lawrie, this year. They looked at it like, she throws the ball 70 miles per hour, so if they can put a bat on it, they can hit some balls to the wall. And they did early on. But after that, she was lights out.
The biggest thing was that double play at the end of the first. That kind of snapped us out of it, and then Ashley Charters, our leadoff hitter, got the offense going in the bottom of the inning. Shes been our sparkplug all year long, and she did it again.
I dont know whats in store for the rest of the evening, but Im sure there are things I wont be able to talk about. All I knew is that were taking a charter flight home Tuesday, and then were going straight to a tattoo parlor. We made a promise to get something, probably something small. People want to show that were the first national champions in Washington softball history.
I dont know what Im going to get, as far as the tattoo, but Ill get something. Ill probably draw something up on the plane ride home. Maybe something on the foot or ankle. I said Id do it, so I guess Im in now.
Edited by Scott M. Johnson, Herald Writer
Story tags » Huskies Softball

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