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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Back in action

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  • Thanks to a nice break in the rain, church league softball was able to resume action this week. While my team was happy to be back out on the field, the rain out last week definitely hurt our bats as Immanuel Baptist fell to 1st Presbyterian Thursday night 14-4.
    Unlike our first game of the season, we actually held a lead this game. Immanuel Baptist opened up the first inning by sending 8 batters to the plate and scoring four times.
    Then, in the bottom half of the first, Immanuel Baptist retired 1st Presbyterian without allowing a run to score.
    Things fell apart in the second though as Immanuel Baptist was set down in order 1-2-3. I continued my season long slump by flying out to end the inning.
    In the bottom of the second, 1st Presbyterian scored 5 times to take the lead. They added 4 more runs in the bottom of the third.
    In the fourth, thanks to a brilliant double play by Immanuel Baptist’s left fielder, 1st Presbyterian failed to score any runs as they sent only the minimum batters to the plate.
    Immanuel Baptist tried to rally in the top of the fifth, getting a pair of runners on base with two outs. That brought me to the plate and wouldn’t you know it, I got my first hit of the season, a clean single to left over the shortstop’s head to load the bases.
    The rally stopped there as the next batter grounded into a fielders choice to end the inning.
    1st Presbyterian added five more runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game via the 10 run mercy rule.
    Most of the damage by 1st Presbyterian came from the longball as they hit five home runs against Immanuel Baptist.
    Our favorite base runner from the season opener had another interesting play work in his favor tonight. After popping a ball up on the infield that the fielders were unable to handle, our base runner easily made it to first.
    But, when the ball scooted away a few inches he decided to break for second. Luckily our runner heard the team yelling “go back, go back” and he retreated to first, because had he not, the play would have ended in an out.
    After the game, I jokingly mentioned that I thought about having the ball removed from the game so I could keep it as a souvenir. I was then told it was our team’s ball and I could have it if I so desired. But, after thinking about it, what if that is the only ball I can hit? I might need it back in the game next week!
    Page 2 of 2 - While we lost again, we had fun. We got out and got to play and socialize. In the end, that’s what the league is all about, having fun.

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