This is a whole week late, so I apologize to all the people waiting to read this. And by "all the people" I mean Lauren Zakalik. Apparently, she thinks she played well enough to get in the blog post. She's right.
Last Sunday's game was postponed because the other team didn't have enough players. Yes, we could take a forfeit win, but it's rec softball-- we want to play-- so we're trying to reschedule. Two weeks ago, we took the field against a team great in name only-- "The Motorboaters." In case you don't get that reference, it's from "Wedding Crashers."
This was one of our finer efforts, both from the plate and in the field. Manager Jeff Proctor decided to break up our speed for this game, a move I'd been suggesting since last year. Our problem is to put it gently, we have really slow people. I won't call out the slow folks, but even the ones you'd think have some wheels are slower than molasses in January. Let me put it this way: my daughter, Leah, beat Jamie Edmonds in a race last season. She's eight. OK, so I called out Jamie, sorry. Anyway, we had been front-loading our speedier players and when we'd get to the bottom of the lineup we'd stall out and not score any runs even when we got some hits.
Chris Gervat led off the game with a double and Lauren followed with a hit to score him. From there, we rattled off a number of hits, including two in a row by Tori Steingreaber, owner of the Biggby Coffee in Owosso (stop in for a tall Mocha Caramel this week and tell em Jase sent ya!), and me to score a few more. We followed the onslaught of hits with a rocky first inning in the field, but managed to escape giving up just one run. After one, it was 7-1.
AndyPro pitched another masterpiece on the mound and the left side of the defense battled the sun to make some great plays, Lauren at third, Brian Hirten in left field and me at short all stared down the sun the entire game. Tori shined at second and Becky Grant and Nicole Lenik had some nice grabs in the outfield as well.
But the bats were where it was at thanks to Jeff's speed-switching move. With some quickness near the bottom of the lineup i.e. Hirten we were able to start rallies from anywhere in the lineup. After building a 19-3 lead, we mercied "The Motorboaters" 19-9 in the 5th inning. Jen Dunaski continued her hot hitting, which means contact. Thanks there goes out to newcomer Patti Pope who gave her the simple tip of keeping her left elbow down in one of our practices. It worked and Jen went from striking out twice a game to making contact in all four of her at-bats this year, including three times reaching base.
We'll have to see if the total team effort is there this week as we hit the field at 8:20 at the East Lansing Aquatic Center. Come on out and watch!