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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Defense shines, but IB still loses

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  • For the first three innings of play, the Immanuel Baptist softball team played great Tuesday night. However, it’s how you play the whole game and despite one of the best performances our team has made all season, the end result was another loss. Immanuel Baptist fell 11-6 to Believer’s Church.
    There was plenty of stellar defense on the field Tuesday. From a catch that Austin Janes made look very easy, to a couple of line drive outs to our second and third basemen, and that was just in the first inning!
    Our manager (and pitcher) told me, there is something you can write about.
    In the second inning, we took the lead with the game’s first run. Then held that lead in the bottom half of the frame. But holding it wasn’t as easy.
    Believer’s Church got a couple of runners on base and looked like they were going to tie the game up.
    I was playing catcher and in the second, one of Believer’s Church’s base runners came chugging down the third base line like a steam engine with no breaks.
    The ball made it to me as I was blocking the plate and there was a collision at the dish. When the dust settled, the home plate umpire called the runner out to complete the double play! That’s right, I Buster Posey’d it and came out on top!
    The next batter flew out and we ended the frame still in the lead.
    In the top of the third, we scored three more times to increase our lead to 4-0, but unfortunately, that would be the last time we lead as Believer’s Church tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a grand slam.
    However, great defense again kept the score close. On the play before the slam, we were able to record the lead runner out at home.
    In the fourth, our bats went silent and their’s perked up. But still, the Immanuel Baptist ball players gutted it out. An infield pop up that both the pitcher and I were unable to get to fell for a single, but noticing the runner on first held, I made a quick throw to second that just beat the advancing runner for the out.
    In the sixth, we added two more runs. Austin Janes picked up an RBI single and while I officially went 0-for-3 for the day, I did manage to drive in our final run on a fielder’s choice.
    For the first time all season, our game went all seven innings. It was a loss, but it was a fun loss. The team made the plays and backed each other up all night.
    Page 2 of 2 - On a side note, our manager decided to arrive early to secure the first base dugout. He said he read last week’s column and decided to give it a try. Well, the results didn’t change, but the performance in the team did!

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