On this edition of In The Circle, Danielle Lawrie joins the show to discuss her return to softball as a member of Team Canada and what led to her decision to come back and try to make the Canadian National team. (3:25) She will be playing at the Canada Cup breaks down the process of making the team and getting back to pitching after retiring from the sport and where is now as a pitcher compared to when she played in College and the NPF. (12:08)
Lawrie discusses being part of ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s College World Series along with Kayla Braud and Molly McGrath for the on-site studio coverage. It was the first time Lawrie had been back to Oklahoma City since the 2011 World Cup of Softball. (23:23)
We discuss the difference in broadcasting a big game versus playing in a big game. (36:31) Lawrie addresses one of the most incredible games she pitched in her career, winning the 2009 15 innings Regional Final at UMass. A win that propelled them to the Super Regional and eventually the National Championship. (39:10)
Lawrie also talked about playing different sports and being competitive with her brother former Major Leaguer brother, Brett Lawrie and how he helped her in softball. She explains how playing multiple sports instead of just focusing on softball could be beneficial. (47:00)
Lawrie described what it was like playing with and against Kelly Kretschman and Monica Abbott who both are trying to make the United States National Team. (53:56)
Victor and Eric talked about Lawrie returning to softball and the huge boost it gives Canada as they try to qualify for the Summer Olympics. Eric and Victor also recap USA Red winning the International Cup over Japan (56:51).