Thoughts From Senior Cassie Gogreve
Cassie Gogreve is a senior and starting catcher on the IU Softball team
Below are the thoughts of senior catcher Cassie Gogreve as the Hoosiers prepare to get the season started later this week. She takes the time to let people in on what the Hoosiers have been doing away from the field over the past couple weeks.
For the past two weeks IU Softball has gathered for some wonderful weekly team dinners at various stellar Bloomington restaurants. During these, we get to let loose and have a good time off the field with one another. It’s so comforting and stress-relieving to sit around and talk about all the other things we have going on in our lives, and remember that each of us is more than just a softball player, but a student and adult as well. Our list of personal interests is endless and I find it so very important that we value each and every one of them, in order to nurture the complex and diverse women we all are.
The dynamics of our team are particularly perfect because there are few social cliques. Each player-to-player relationship is unique and adds to the overall eccentricity and make-up of the team. This collective, cohesive spirit makes team dinners particularly enjoyable, in that we all feel comfortable grubbing and gabbing with any of our teammates.
At the most recent dinner I was able to sit next to the brains of the team, Kelsey Brannon, Amanda Wagner, and “Billy” (Madison Diederich). Between chips and spicy salsa, we were busy solving mind-wrenching riddles, which we were all eventually able to solve in our own special way. I’m sure we all went to bed with red and white sombreros floating around our heads.
At other dinners, we’ve talked about how we would love to enact a designated snack time during practice. When the clock strikes HUNGRY someone will pull out the sliced oranges and Capri Suns and we will subsequently tear through them, just like in the good ol’ Little League days.
Even though it’s rough dragging around a party of 18 sometimes (an hour and half wait at one restaurant…really?!!?), we all patiently wait to get seated, anticipating our time together. Although we’re soon going to be spending virtually every waking moment together for the next several months, I’m thankful we can value the light-spirited, normal-college-kid times we have as a team, on the side.
All of this can only be a sign of great Hoosier things to come!