Fall-ter Ball

The new softball season is Lions-esque.

OK, people, you wanted some softball updates-- you got it.  Both a viewer and a certain reporter asked for blog posts on the games, one because she thinks they're funny (I appreciate that) and the other because she's been playing well (I am not surprised).  Maybe she thinks the next big job offer will come partly based on the fact the next station will need a good third basemen for their company softball team.  Hey, the blog has come up in google searches before!


                          Fall ball gets cold at 8 pm!

We started two weeks before Labor Day with a tie.  That should have been a huge red flag as to how the season would go.  We got mercied in the second game.  The fall league is a double-header league which should be great for us because we have two pitchers (Andy, Z) and plenty of people who love playing enough that two games would be awesome.  And it was fun for the first couple weeks.

We had some bad luck and should have won 2 of the four games.  But we lost one and tied one. 

Week 1 (0-1-1)
No hitting in the first game led to 5 runs total.  But our defense shined against the team that beat us 22-0 in the summer league and it felt like a win.  We even put a shift on one hitter that worked until an error in the outfield cost us a run.  Brian Hirten in left field was great as always making more than one running catch and often a diving one.  The girls (Lauren, Tori, Shelley, Becky, Maria, Nicole) all hit the ball well, but usually right at someone. 


       Maria's liner is gobbled up by the 3rd baseman


                   LZ gets a hit, the bench celebrates

Week 2 (0-2)
We played a hard-fought first game that featured a dinger and a ringer.  Proctor provided the dinger as he smoked a drive over the left fielder's head and she couldn't recover in time to get all 6'3 290 pounds of Proctor that was trucking around the bases.  Stopping was pretty dangerous as LZ found out as she attempted a congratulatory high-five.  The ringer was the left-fielder actually and two other girls on the opposing team.  Apparently, they had played for LCC and were good with the bat, as Brian found out, as well as with the glove.  Shocking to me, was the fundamentals they showed like hitting the cut-off man and backing up throws.  You just don't see that in co-ed Sunday night softball.  Believe me, when Brian uncorks a throw from left, there's no one backing it up for us.  (Of course, we aren't always sure where it's going either.)  Adding insult to injury, they only had 3 outfielders and we couldn't take advantage of it, despite some good hitting by LZ, myself and others.  The second game was a bloodbath as we got mercied.  I hit the ball a ton in both games for a couple triples and a long fly-out and also made one of the better catches I've ever made.  Running from shortstop out to center, I was able to make an over-the-shoulder grab to end an inning.  Brian also made some more dramatic catches, but we tossed it around a lot.  Being the second game, some of us were in different positions and took awhile to get comfy.  By the time we did, it was over.


                 Shelley goes up the middle for a hit


                   Brian bombs one to right center


                               Andy stays hot

Week 3 (0-2)
This one hurt.  Two games against the league's two worst teams and we lost both without much of a fight.  After the first, a person on the other team was overheard saying, "Wow! We won a game!"

That says it all.

The highlight was another homer for Proctor.  Same place-- a shot to left-- and with me coaching third, I wasn't about to hold him, mostly because it would have been highly entertaining to see a play at the plate.  We hit the ball all right, Andy was a double machine for awhile and LZ and Shelley continued to crush the ball.  But in the field we were dreadful.  Just about everyone made an error.  I threw two balls past Shelley at 2nd and into right field.  Andy threw one past me, Proctor dropped two in the outfield, I threw another one wide of first, Brian air-mailed another throw to third and let a female hit one over his head, and it went on and on.  Becky did make a sweet play behind the plate when she pounced on a dribbler and threw the batter out at first.  Matt took two bad hops off the chest at first and was able to make one of the plays, but this was a week we would gladly forget and will try to this week when we play our nemesis-- Mid-Michigan MRI.  Chris Gervat, who's only been to one game this fall, will be there for both and we'll need him.  Mainly, we need his speed, because we are a slow team.

I mean-- We. Run. Slow.


                  Losing: A hair-raising experience


                Embarrassed to show our faces

Two teams have beaten us simply with their speed.  So, hopefully we'll right the ship.  Or at least fumble our way to at least one victory.  At this point-- zero wins, five losses and one tie-- I'd be happy if we didn't spike ourselves.

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