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.