OKLAHOMA, OK. -- It was a full day of activities -- and even a little softball -- as the Williams College softball team continued its preparation Wednesday for the 2017 NCAA Div. III Tournament's National Championships.
The games will begin Thursday, with Williams (36-11) facing St. John Fisher (41-6) at 7:30 p.m. EST in the fourth and final game of the first day of the double-elimination tournament.
However, Wednesday began with a trip to the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City, where the Ephs joined St. Catherines, Illinois Wesleyan and St. John Fisher in packing boxes of food for elderly Oklahomans in need.
All total, in just over 60 minutes of work at the food bank, the Ephs and their fellow competitors combined to package over 20,000 tons of food and over 1700 meals.
After a small amount of down time back at the hotel headquarters, it was off to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex for a first look at OGE Energy Field where they will play Thursday, a little karaoke and about 90 minutes of practice.
Senior co-captain Dana Cohen and sophomore Kristina Alvarado took center stage at the barbeque picnic set up for all the teams, jumping into the karaoke part of the day with a spirited cover of Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles."
Also at the barbeque/picnic, the Ephs were matched up with their local batgirl, Emma Buxton, and her sister Abby, 6. Emma, 9, will serve as the bat girl for Williams throughout the tournament. The sisters joined the Ephs' practice, playing catch with Eph alum Erica Li, down here acting as team administrator, then joining the Ephs' huddle and hanging out in the dugout while watching practice.
Following 45 minutes of batting practice at Integris Field, where Friday's games will be played, the Ephs switched over to the main field, OGE Energy Field, a 7,300-seat multi-purpose stadium.
Later in the day, the Ephs took part in the NCAA Div. III Tournament National Championship Round Welcome Banquet, with junior Brenna Martinez and sophomore Casey Pelz mad libbing their way through their speech on the Ephs' 2017 season in what can best be described as a four-minute laugh fest.
Following that, junior Lexi Curt was named an NFCA Third Team All-American.