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Hi Wildcat Fans!
We had a pretty good weekend in Tempe for our Pac-12 opener. We took the series against ASU. We had a lot of opportunities for the game to go our way on Sunday and we are feeling positive about the potential of this team.
This week I wanted to talk about the relationships between players and coaches. I have had the opportunity to play for some amazing people. In club ball, I played for the Arizona Cats 10U team and Lisa Wedman was the head coach and Nikki Johnson was our pitching coach. I also played for the Suncats and Todd Judge, JJ Northam, and Kyle Carney were my coaches. They set the standard for club softball in Arizona. I also had the honor of playing for the legend himself, Coach Candrea and I now play for our incredible staff, Caitlin Lowe (Cait), Lauren Lappin (Lap) and Taryne Mowatt (Coach T). Not only were they great coaches on the field but they were great people off of it. Lisa Wedman, Nikki Johnson, Todd Judge, JJ Northam, and Kyle Carney still reach out to me and tell me how proud they are of me. They showed me what is meant to be from Tucson, wear it with pride, and to never give up on my dreams. Coach Candrea is the best of the best. He took care of business on the field, took care of us like we were his own, and gave everything he had to this game. I love seeing him around campus, giving him big hugs, and always thanking him for giving me the opportunity to play with Arizona across my chest.
Lap and Coach T have been the greatest supporters and teachers here at Arizona. Lap turned me into a third baseman I never knew I could be. They both value me off the field. They care more about “Izzy Pacho” than she does #15 and it really shows. I love both of them so much and I am so happy we have the relationships that we do because competing and winning on the field feels great when we all do it together.
Cait has been one of the greatest blessings of my career. I have struggled this year with my confidence, trust, and putting too much pressure on myself when I’m at the plate. Cait has helped me every step of the way and I could not thank her enough. She sees me and shows me that I am worth more than my performance. We have had conversations about who I want to be, how I can get there, and what she can do to help.
I can’t wait to continue to compete with this team and her as our leader.
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