Friday is supposed to be the best day of the week. It's payday, it's the first day of the weekend, and it's the focus of countless songs and movies.
But Friday, June 14, didn't embody any of that for Aimee Creger. At least not that morning.
The former Mustang High School standout had to wait for the email saying whether she was or was not selected to pitch for the United States national softball team.
Creger was confident, but nervous: She knew she left everything on the field during the three-day selection camp, and she knew she was satisfied with how she performed. But she also knew she was competing against some of the best pitchers in softball for limited spots.
When she received the email confirming her place on the U.S. national team, Creger felt at ease for the first time that morning.
“It was amazing, because when I was younger, I always thought just it was if someone decided to go, they got to go,” Creger said. “I didn't know it was invitation, so when I did get the invitation, it was just like ‘I couldn't believe it.' I called my parents, and it was the greatest thing ever.
“At the tryouts I left nothing out there, so I was completely confident in the way I performed and hoping it turned out for the best.”
Creger allowed three runs in the United States' 7-4 loss to Japan on Saturday night, the Americans' first in the World Cup of Softball. The U.S. plays Puerto Rico at noon Sunday, then advances to the playoff round. The championship game is at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Creger was in disbelief when she received the invitation, because this was her chance to finally actualize one of her dreams as a kid.
A right-handed pitcher, Creger has played softball since she was 5 years old and said representing her country and playing with some of the best athletes in the game has always been one of her goals.
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