Andrea Hawkins: Roll Tide

Andrea Hawkins just finished her senior season at Bay City (Texas), and she also plays for Texas Impact Gold. The center fielder has signed to play at Alabama. She will blog for ESPNHS throughout the 2012 season.

I just want to start off with a big Roll Tide Roll!

Ever since I was a child, I've always loved watching softball. During my freshman year, while I was visiting different colleges, Alabama really caught my attention -- I knew this college was something special.

Now everyone knows.

Ever since Alabama made it to the World Series, I could just picture the Tide winning the first SEC national championship. I came home every day that week and hopped on the couch ready to watch the games. When Alabama won the game that put it in the championship series, I knew I had to get together all my close friends to come over to watch with me. Even though I was away at freshman orientation in Alabama last Monday and Tuesday for the first two games, I still found a way to find a TV and watch the games with a lot of new friends I had just met.

The championship game was most exciting to me. I woke up Wednesday morning with the game on my mind. It felt like time was dragging! What made it even worse was the weather delay. All kinds of thoughts were going through my head. I wondered how the weather was going to impact the teams. Will they be pumped up? Since it was late, are they going to be tired? And then, finally, the game began.

My friend's dad invited my family over to eat and to watch the game. My emotions were all over the place. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire game. I would jump up and down and do a little dance every time a great play was made or Jackie Traina struck someone out.

Alabama made an amazing comeback in the fourth inning and it pumped me up even more. The only thing I was thinking was I hope I have the opportunity to experience this excitement next year.

In the seventh inning, my heart was racing. I didn't know what to think, but I had faith in my team. As soon as Jackie struck out the last batter, I jumped and screamed for joy!

It's such a blessing to know that I will be a part of such an amazing program. I can't wait to get back to Alabama in August to start this next chapter of my life.

Roll Tide!

Read the previous installment of Andrea’s blog – secrets of a slap hitter -- here.