Congratulations Lauren Chamberlain!
The two biggest things that I learned as a Firecracker that translated into my college play were how to master your mind and how to make adjustments. Mastering your mind means having total ownership of your thoughts and your feelings. The game of softball guarantees failure more than success, so the ability to keep your emotions under control is important. On the other side, being able to clearly envision myself succeeding before I get to the plate has helped me tremendously. Being on the Firecrackers also introduced me to the word “confidence.” I learned how beautiful and strong I was, and a lot of that comes from playing the game the right way, like we did. Adjustments are a huge advantage. The team that wins is the team that can make them quick enough. Good hitters know how to adjust from the previous at-bat; even better hitters can do it pitch to pitch. I learned this on the Firecrackers and it has been a weapon that I continue to use when I play. It is a HUGE tool to have.
I expect that today’s Firecrackers will learn to play with honor and passion. So many life lessons will be learned on this team, through experiences like meeting war vets and talking to alumni. They will learn to let every guard down and play with fire, passion, happiness, and confidence. They will learn to carry themselves with grace and class but in such a way that demands respect.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — For her record-breaking performance on the field and exemplary way of representing OU, its softball program and the entire state of Oklahoma, Lauren Chamberlain was recognized on both the House and Senate floors of the State Capitol Tuesday.
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With over 100 teams across the country, the Firecrackers are America’s premier fastpitch organization with players committed to or playing in 17 of the top 25 ranked programs in the NCAA.
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Georgia Firecracker, Haley Cook, talks about the traits of the 2% player.
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Former Firecracker Janelle Lindvall, Junior – University of Oregon, will join 17 other athletes as part of the US Women’s National Softball team this summer.
After a two-day selection process, 2 Firecracker alumni – Nicole DeWitt and Jenavee Peres – were among 17 athletes (and three alternates) to be selected to represent the United States as a member of the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT).
Congrats to Katie Medina and the Florida Gators for winning the 2014 WCWS Championship. Katie is the fourth Firecracker alumni in the last 8 years to be on a collegiate national championship team.
I’m trying to slow my mind down, so that I can see the ball well in my hitting zone. If it’s there, I attack it.
Academic & Athletic Recognition
Congratulations to our own Karley Wester for being one of three finalists for inaugural NFCA Freshman of the Year Award.
Karley had an outstanding freshman season at Notre Dame, where she was also voted an NCAA All American. The Wester bloodline still runs strong in the FC organization, with her sister Ali (also a Notre Dame commit), who plays for Firecrackers Rico, and her youngest sister Riley, who plays for Firecrackers Ensey.
A big congratulations to our Mary Massei, who received the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, which is given to the top male and female athlete at each Big 10 school who demonstrated excellence in academics and athletics. Mary is the first ever softball player at Wisconsin to receive the award. Mary is a two-time First Team Big 10 selection, and she also led the Badgers to their first ever conference championship last year. Mary has overcome some huge challenges to finish as one of the most respected players in the game.
Missy Taukeiaho receives Big West Conference Player of the Year Award as she breaks numerous records in her first playing year at CSUF. Missy is one of the most exciting players to ever come out of the Firecracker System. She was one of the most feared leadoff hitters in the country, belting 19 home runs in her first season with the Titans.
Behind The Scenes
InsidePitch.org recently caught up with former Olympian and Cal State Fullerton Titan softball player Ashley VanBoxmeer and got the InsidePitch on her new facility the “The Diamond Softball Academy,” her preseason Super Bowl prediction and her favorite softball cheer.
Mary Massei, played for the Firecrackers in 2009-11. Known as “Tenacious M”, she has battled back from extreme adversity with the attitude we all hope we’d have in the same situation.
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As Lauren and her teammates at the University of Oklahoma balance the emotional impact of the recent devastation from the tornados and competing in the Super Regionals this week, I asked her to share her experience which not only helps us understand, but it also helps her by being able to share her experience with others.
About the Firecrackers
The Firecracker Organization was formed in 1990 to provide a professional platform for young players to learn and develop the skills necessary to excel in softball and in life.
The Rico Foundation was formed to provide assistance to players and programs that have limited resources and to help bring softball to those with the desire to play.
Play with Honor is a constant reminder that we are thankful to those that provided the things we have today.