Anyways, apologies in advance for the deluge of the absolute dumbest memes in history.
But in case you went to bed early last night, Washington’s perhaps greatest athlete ever did one thing she’s already done before yesterday. And in the same pitch she did one thing she hadn’t:
*Wakes up*— UW Dawg Pound says #HiMom (@UWonSBN) July 27, 2021
*Sees USA w/ Ali Aguilar & Coach Tarr couldn't beat Japan for gold*
*Is disappointed but mostly unbothered cuz the Canadawgs got their redemption medal 13 years in the making w/ the same count & same pitch as the final strikeout in Washington's 2009 championship* https://t.co/hcCBGqJCOK
But before we just dive into the perfect softball story, The Daily has an update on all the Huskies at Tokyo.
Of course this includes Kelsey Plum being clutch as hell with Team USA’s 3 on 3 basketball team.
Plus, have you heard of this Matisse Thybulle fella?
The Australian Government should make Matisse Thybulle the Minister for Defence.— Josh Miller (@miltrain) July 25, 2021
Matisse Thybulle for Australia in Group B win over Nigeria today: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals and +19 in 23 minutes.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) July 25, 2021
Always fun to watch this kid play.
And, while Gabbie Plain and Team Australia didn’t medal, Ali Aguilar and Coach Tarr got a silver this morning against Japan:
Okay, back to more of The softball story:
- ESPN has their post-game of Team Canada’s history-making bronze, including this quote from Danielle Lawrie that doesn’t have me crying no you’re crying:
- CTV has their post-game too, which begins with Lawrie’s seven year-old daughter and ends with Lawrie and fellow Husky legend Jenn Salling having lots of valuable things to say.
And before I just post a blitz of mostly meme-age, here’s NBC’s recap for those who didn’t stay up, including some important moments from Canada’s third Dawg, Victoria Hayward:
THEY ONLY BLOOD WENT AND DID IT pic.twitter.com/mUNO1zBqqz— UW Dawg Pound says #HiMom (@UWonSBN) July 27, 2021
Cannot emphasize enough how old school dominant Lawrie was for the final game of her career:
Seriously tho, what a fantastic game for all 3 Dawgs & a perfect last game for Jenn Salling & Danielle Lawrie.— UW Dawg Pound says #HiMom (@UWonSBN) July 27, 2021
One was an absolute nuisance to opposing pitchers (& it was delightful), & the other not only sealed their victory, but humiliated each batter in her way.
After her first two batters, it became clear that not only was absolutely no one gonna stop her, but she was gonna make them look silly trying.
It was, in fact, this:
Mexico: Hey we think we're gonna score here— UW Dawg Pound says #HiMom (@UWonSBN) July 27, 2021
The Universe: Actually, pic.twitter.com/VW6xuccu9S
For those keeping track, Danielle pitched 11.1 innings and didn’t give up an earned run all Olympics. Because of course.
But this is a team sport, and it can’t be emphasized enough how dominant Jenn Salling was either. Like, she went 1⁄2 with one walk in the bronze medal game and that lowered her tournament average:
Update: Beloved Husky Icon Jenn Salling has scored her bajillionth run of the Olympics, 2-0 Canadawgs https://t.co/7geN1Rb3lZ— UW Dawg Pound says #HiMom (@UWonSBN) July 27, 2021
| An incredible moment for Jenn Salling!— Washington Softball (@UWSoftball) July 27, 2021
Jenn absolutely dominated the competition in Tokyo, ranking second in AVG, SLG% and RBIs.
And now she has some hardware to show for it
( : @GettySport)#MightyAreTheWomen x #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/TOXCEHZ2L0
Plus Victoria Hayward killed it, with a huge stand-up double on which she likely would’ve scored later that inning had they not tried to suicide squeeze her with one out:
Lead off double by Victoria Hayward.— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) July 27, 2021
She smacked that ball on a rope to right.
Canada looking to add to their 2-1 lead.
Meanwhile in #TokyoOlympics: all three @UWSoftball alums star, capped by dominant relief from Danielle Lawrie as @SoftballCanada beats Mexico 3-2 to secure the bronze (first-ever medal!)— Fully Vaccinat(Ed) Strong (@ByEdStrong) July 27, 2021
Victoria Hayward: 2/3
Jenn Salling: 1/2, BB, R
Lawrie: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, W
| More hardware for the Huskies!— Washington Softball (@UWSoftball) July 27, 2021
Our very own Victoria Hayward is bringing home a Bronze Medal for Canada!
Victoria tore it up in Tokyo, leading all Olympians with 7 runs and had another two hits tonight to clinch a medal!
( : @GettySport)#MightyAreTheWomen x #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/sPy7jVGUV7
Look at that medal:
So PROUD of OUR SQUAD ✨ pic.twitter.com/nlWQgUJMKO— Danielle Lawrie (@daniellelawrie5) July 27, 2021
One last time to appreciate a 1-2 pitch on the outside corner with two outs to win something big, because that almost feels like 2009 again:
It’s not random that Lawrie’s first hug was Jenn Salling.— Kayla Lombardo (@KaylaLombardo11) July 27, 2021
The best of friends, both playing in their final softball game, gave their heart and soul to this sport.
Natty champs together at Washington and now Olympic medalists for Canada.
Softball poetry. pic.twitter.com/a11Fsnl9aN
Do good things, don’t do bad things, and bow down to Washington.