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Clip: Softball slam! Comets continue early-season winning streak

02/08/2010

Complete article appeared in The Telescope (Feb. 8, 2010)

Theresa Houle stood as still as a statue at the plate. She waited patiently for just the right pitch. When the time was right she delivered in the form of three home runs to lead the Palomar Comets in a double header win over visiting Pasadena City College Lancers 8-2 and 8-5 on Saturday Jan. 30.

“My mentality now is that if it’s a strike and it’s in the zone I’m going to unleash on it,” Houle said.

She displayed her new mental approach to hitting on Jan.30.

The win puts the Comets early season record to 3-0 on the season. An improvement when you consider last season they started out 1-3.

“I’m pleased because we are trying to maintain such a high standard and it’s hard to do,” coach Mark Eldridge said.

As pleased as Eldridge was with the win, Houle garnered most of the attention and with good reason. Her three-run homer in the first game broke open a close 3-1 game. The Comets cruised after that.

“That broke that game open,” Eldridge said about the home run in the first game.

“She’s an exceptional talent,” he said. “You just don’t find talent like that anywhere.”

In the second game of the doubleheader, she broke open a 5-5 tie with a solo home run and added another home run her next at bat.

The last time Houle had suited up for Palomar before this season was two years ago. Last season, she injured her knee in the pre season and had to medical redshirt. Originally, she believed that her career was over.

“When I had surgery, my doctor said that I would never play again,” Houle said.

Determined to play again, she worked out all fall trying to get back into playing shape. Houle spent a lot of time with hitting coach Carl Grubb working on her hitting for this year also.

On game days, she goes to the field by herself. Sometimes hours before the first teammate show up. She does nothing but visualize her at bats.

“I visualize hitting the ball in the strike zone,” Houle said. “When I’m up at bat I want to drive the ball as far and hard as I can. The home runs will come with it.”

While Houle is starting off the season strong, she stays humbled and team oriented.

“My goals are to stay healthy for my team and my own sake,” Houle said.

“We have only 12 girls this year and you need nine to play.”

With Houle’s leadership, the Comets are in good position to win another softball title.
“We were just trying to find a way to hit their pitching and not give up.”

“They have good team with good pitchers and hitters,” Eldridge said.

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