It's appropriate these two weeks be combined into one blog post, because both games were very unfulfilling.
Let's start with week 5's game where we were a team possessed-- pumped up, focused, ready to play. The only problem was the other team wasn't-- literally. They were short two players which meant they had two outfielders compared to four. Pretty easy to get hits when you can hit it just about anywhere. The one funny thing about this game was Jen didn't show up for the game. The problem was Jeff already put her on the lineup sheet. That's a problem, because once the ump has it there's no changing it. Luckily, Patti was there, but she's injured and wasn't playing. So she was summoned to bat for Jen so we wouldn't take an automatic out. Patti couldn't swing though, so she could only take pitches. She walked both times to the plate and we pinch ran for her each time. Problem solved with some slight shenanigans.
Patti, Tori and Lauren talking pregame strategy... and fashion
Chris prepares to crush one
Me making the play at shortstop
Patti watches another one go by en route to her 2nd BB
Proctor lays into one
This one went as expected-- big innings for us and none for them. It was over in four innings with a 23-4 score to boost our record to 4-0-1.
Week 6's game also went four innings with a very similar score. We were sans Chris Gervat and Brian Hirten meaning a lot less speed on the base paths and in the outfield, but we were joined by super-sub Steve Coon. In the end, it meant little as this game came down to two things: they hit the crapola out of the ball and we did not.
I typed that score three times in texts to players that missed the game this week. None believed it. I had to keep explaining that they hit the ball where we weren't, and yes, we dropped a couple balls in the outfield, but it was nothing that was going to change the outcome of the game. Others may disagree, but we all agree that we want another shot at Reno's Scared Hitless.
The enemy didn't look so scary pregame
Waiting for the rally that never came
Trying to drown more than our sorrows postgame
It was a tough game for sure, but for some reason, I am able to let our first loss of the season slide off my back. I guess for a few reasons:
- They are a good-natured lot. I know a couple players from previous years (and news stories) and they are good peeps.
- The 2nd baseman, who skewered us batting lead-off with a number of hard hits, gave my daughter a pitching lesson before the game. She saw me warming up with Leah, who pitches some for her softball team, and she showed her a couple techniques she used when she was a high school pitcher.
- They played about as good as they can play and we played about as bad as we can play.
Factor it all in and it's still only one loss in the standing and if we win the rest of our games we will win the division. So, it's settled-- we just have to win every game left and we still haven't played the two toughest teams in the league. Alrighty then.