SB : Watts, Watson each homer to avenge earlier bad breaks

first_imgStephanie Watts and Jasmine Watson made a pact in center field.In the second game of a doubleheader against Rutgers on Saturday, they swore they wouldn’t give Scarlet Knights center fielder Lindsey Curran the chance to track down their fly balls.Curran robbed two potentially game-tying home runs to help Rutgers upset the Orange in the first game, so Watts and Watson promised they’d clear the wall this time.‘In between games, I went up to Watson and I challenged her to hit more home runs than me,’ Watts said. ‘It was a friendly thing, but we wanted to make sure we got those home runs back.’Both players smashed home runs that sailed over Curran, earning them redemption in a 5-3 win over the Scarlet Knights at Skytop Softball Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse (34-11, 11-3 Big East) defeated Rutgers (22-24, 9-10 Big East) 1-0 in the series finale Sunday to take the weekend series.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was great to see them bounce back like that after catching those bad breaks in game one,’ head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘That’s just the way the game is sometimes, but obviously they were disappointed about it.’Watts and Watson both hit long fly balls that would have cleared the fence and tied the game 3-3 to give SU pitcher Jenna Caira a shot to win a game in which she set a career high with 18 strikeouts, but Curran took them away.Curran’s most spectacular catch came when she took away Watts’ homer. In the fifth inning, Rutgers starting pitcher Alyssa Landrith threw the second baseman a changeup that she said she could ‘put some power into.’When she launched the ball to deep left center, Watts assumed she had tied the game.But Curran had other plans. She leapt at the last second and extended her glove over the outfield fence to prevent a home run.‘I thought I had it for sure,’ Watts said. ‘I actually started into my home run trot to first because I thought I had it. She made a great play, but it was a bummer to see.’Curran’s glove robbed Watson in the next inning, too. The center fielder snatched another potential game-tying blast at the fence.‘It was frustrating,’ Watson said. ‘You had two big chances to tie the game, and it just didn’t happen.’Watts and Watson decided to turn their frustrations into a friendly home run competition to start the second game. Watson said it was the perfect way to break the tension of losing a game both players felt they could’ve won for their team.In the second inning, Watson drilled her ninth home run of the year to put SU ahead 1-0, buckling the knees of Curran when she realized she couldn’t track down the deep shot to straightaway center field.When she realized she hit the home run that evaded her in the previous game, Watson threw her hands up in elation on the jog to first base.‘I was a little happier to hit that one than I would’ve been otherwise,’ Watson said. ‘I’ve been struggling lately, and with what happened in the first game, it just felt good to hit one there.’Watts chased starter Abbey Houston out of the game an inning later with a two-run shot of her own, pushing the Orange lead to 3-0.From there, SU was in control, and in Ross’ eyes, Watts’ homer meant she was even with Curran for the two runs she denied them in the first game.‘You control what you can control, but it was a little bit of poetic justice,’ Ross said.nctoney@syr.edu Published on April 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Panelists discuss transgender visibility in todays’ entertainment industry

first_imgThroughout most of her acting career, Trace Lysette never told anyone she was transgender. Her acting coach encouraged her to keep it a secret, but when she heard about Laverne Cox landing a role in Orange is the New Black, she realized it was possible to be open with her gender identity while still doing what she loved. This led her to take on a role in Transparent, a TV show that tackles the challenges transgender people face when coming out to their family, their friends and society. Lysette and several other panelists spoke at USC Wednesday night during “The Trans/Gender Tipping Point?”, a discussion on transgender visibility in today’s entertainment industry hosted by Visions and Voices and the USC LGBT Resource Center. Other panelists included actress Mya Taylor, Museum of Transgender History and Art Executive Director Chris E. Vargas, filmmaker Sam Feder, Transparent director Silas Howard and Transparent co-producers Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst. The event was moderated by USC English and gender studies professor Karen Tongson and gender studies, comparative literature and American studies and ethnicity professor Jack Halberstam.In the first panel, Taylor discussed her experience starring in Tangerine, a film about transgender street workers set in Hollywood. While working on Tangerine, Taylor and her co-star Kitana Kiki Rodriguez wanted to tell the truth about the life of transgender individuals working the streets as hustlers. She went into the role making her objective clear to the director, Sean S. Baker. Taylor said that because Tangerine is a sad story, she wanted to bring comedy into it because that is truly how she would react to the events that unfolded.“For me, I don’t like to complain about the less fortunate things that happen to me because there are people that are worse off, so I just make fun of it,” Taylor said. The panelists also stressed the importance of friendship in the transgender community. Feder’s new film Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Unpleasant Danger depicts Bornstein’s relationship with her partner Barbara Carellas. The film tells a new story about transgender people that isn’t shown that much in the media: a story of domestic intimacy. “I didn’t want to just interview Barbara and be like, ‘Tell me about your relationship,’” Feder said. “I wanted to show their relationship.” Similarly, Vargas said that he created the Museum of Transgender History and Art to keep transgender voices alive. Vargas said that many transgender people lived in “stealth,” without others knowing their true identity, and his mission is to create a resource for transgender history. He wanted the future of transgender people to not be forgotten or hidden like it has been in the past. Vargas explained that the increased visibility of transgender people today initiated the creation of the museum and led Vargas to take part in the growing movement. Drucker and Ernst, meanwhile, said they set out to create Transparent in order to bring visibility to an issue that they felt wasn’t getting enough attention. “I think that we may be the most visible generation of trans people because many of the trans folk that came before us were not as visible and perhaps many of the trans people ahead of us will be less visible,” Ernst said. “It’s a crucial and pivotal time in which things are shifting rapidly.”Transparent covers issues of class, sexuality and gender, which Ernst and Drucker said creates authenticity. At Wednesday’s event, the two co-producers showed a clip where Lysette’s character discloses her HIV-positive status to her boyfriend. They elaborated on the topic of HIV through a transgender character and used it to develop the character and storyline that connects to people who may be in the same situation.“I felt really honored to deliver that message because it’s pretty accurate to what a lot of us go through,” Lysette said. “Dating while trans is rough and, of course, having to disclose your status makes it even harder.” The panelists stressed that despite the constant struggle in the transgender community, many people are optimistic that the future will be inclusive and bring visibility to the community. However, this doesn’t mean that all of the problems will go away. There are still issues, especially in the entertainment industry, that some panelists stressed. “We need more,” Ernst said. “What we need is more shows, more web series, and more short films. I feel like this is the time to make stuff — for students, for younger film makers, for established filmmakers. Whatever your queerest, transest, weirdest, most out there, most unique idea is, this is a great time to make that.”last_img read more