What time is it? Not game time. Not tool time. Not time to get a watch. Not daytime or nighttime. Tonight (Monday night) was rally time!
Brandon, this photo’s for you!
The Team Edmunds co-ed softball team rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning from three runs down to pull out the victory. We are now 3-3! I don’t think I’ve ever looked so forward to a softball game as I did tonight. I wanted to make up for the crummy performance I had two weeks ago. It felt like such a long time! I was reunited with my old baseball/softball-playing self (I was going to say old self, but that would kind of sound like how I was before Christ became my Lord and Savior) and it felt so good! I didn’t make any errors defensively. Then again I only had two or three ground balls hit to me in right field.
I didn’t make any outs offensively. I was “4-for-4” from the pentagonal dish tonight. I use the quotes because I consider the first hit an error on a tough play the right-center fielder tried to make as he was running back for the ball I hit. Some would call it a base hit for a 2-run home run though. In my second at-bat, I hit a ground ball to the second baseman and beat the throw to first easily. For at-bat #3, I lined a single by the pitcher into center which brought in a run if I remember correctly.
My fourth at-bat was during our last inning rally with one out and a baserunner at second base. I swung at the first pitch and missed it. I got a little worried fearing the previous game’s disappointment might be relived. I swung at the next pitch and barely made contact with the ball which produced a dribbler in front of the plate. Since both the catcher and pitcher were either caught off guard by it or hoping it would go foul, I easily beat the throw to first (more so than the infield single I got earlier). The runner who was at second base advanced to third base.
Here’s how the rest of our rally played out. The batter after me hit a ground ball to the second baseman and beat the play at first. I slid into second base even though no throw was made there. I just wanted to make sure any possible double play attempt would be as difficult as possible for the shortstop (baseball/softball is always more fun when you get dirty–something that can’t be done on a basketball court!). The runner behind me and I scored when the next batter hit a double to tie the game. He advanced to third base on the throw home and represented the go-ahead run at that time. The next batter hit a bloop single that barely dropped in front of the left-center fielder and the rest is history!
Not only did it feel good to get over the mental hurdle of being in a funk, but the team rallied to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! I’m already looking forward to next week. Hopefully, a rally won’t be necessary for our team to win the game!