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I'm proud of my softball team tonight.  We were missing two of our best women and one of our top men.  I was just hoping we'd be able to keep the game close and competitive.

We opened up the first inning by scoring three runs and tacked on another in the second to go up 4-0.  Our pitcher pitched a perfect game until the third, when a runner reached second on an error (and subsequently scored, despite his team not getting a hit).  Sanjay didn't give up his first hit until he gave up a solo homerun in the fourth. He gave up another solo shot in the fifth, but shut down the side 1-2-3 in the sixth.

We went into the top of the seventh and final inning up only 4-3.  I huddled my team up quickly and told them we needed to tack on an insurance run.  They responded in grand fashion.

Geoff led off the inning by stretching a single into a triple.  Then Xi, who had never played softball before last week, got her first ever RBI on a fielder's choice as Geoff slid home ahead of the tag.  David, Sarah, and Mike contributed base hits.  Even I shot one into the 5.5 hole that I was able to beat out and then advance to second on an error and scored two batters later when Sanjay knocked me in from third.  We scored 5 total runs that inning!

The other team responded with a double, and the runner advanced to third.  I told my team, "We're going to concede that run, don't worry about him," and they focused on the other hitters and shut them down with three groundball outs.

We won our first game 9-4.  More importantly, though, the team showed a lot of hustle, teamwork, and determination.  I'm really proud of them tonight.


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Jun. 13th, 2003 04:13 am (UTC)
That's great. I hope the rest of the season goes as well.
Jun. 13th, 2003 06:48 am (UTC)
Wow, a five run inning! Congratulations. How often do you play?

Speaking of softball / baseball, maybe we should try to catch a Sox game this summer. Maybe late in the season when they're distinctly out-of-the-running. I'm such a baseball pessimist now-a-days.
Jun. 13th, 2003 10:24 am (UTC)
We play every Thursday evening through the end of July. I'd be up for a Sox game, but I'd be even more up for a Lowell Spinners game.
Jun. 13th, 2003 08:25 am (UTC)
By softball, I assume you mean basketball. (Is that correct?) I never was too good at sport at school - mainly because I am lefthanded, and my P.E. teacher insisted that I learn everything righthanded. (Cricket was particulrly bad in that respect, because I was always looking for the ball coming from the other direction - because of the way my brain works.)

My favourite sport was always rounders - or, as you call it over here, baseball. (I always loved that game.) However, my teacher was always keen on football - so that is what we got to play most of the time. (That is soccer to you.)

My favourite leisure pastime is weight training, though - it was passed down through my godfather who needed to build himself up after he tried to defuse a bobby-trapped bomb during the last war and was hit by the shrapnel.

Have you ever lost anyone in your family and had something that you would say was definite contact afterwards?
Jun. 13th, 2003 10:28 am (UTC)
Actually, softball is like baseball except that the ball is almost twice as large, the pitches are thrown underhand and aren't so fast, there's no basestealing, and you can have ten fielders instead of nine.

As for your last question: nothing definite from me, but probably for others in family. I am very open to these things. I've been meaning to blog about this since I returned from Panamá, but I'm hesitant to broach that subject.
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