Softball season is finally here for me! After missing our first game because of a pre-planned date with my 5 year old daughter to see the Amazing Spiderman 2 premier and the next three weeks being rained out, I finally got the chance to get back out on the softball diamond with my teammates from Immanuel Baptist Church Thursday night. Unfortunately we lost 12-6 to Believer’s Church, but even in the loss, we went down swinging.
In the first inning, we spotted the opposition two runs. We got one back in the top of the second to trail 2-1 heading into the bottom of the frame. After retiring the side in order in the second, Believer’s Church managed to score seven times in the bottom of the third and twice more in the bottom of the fifth to take an 11-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth, we needed a run to keep the game going. We got a couple of runners on and even moved them over to second and third, but with two outs, I strolled to the plate.
Up to this point in the game, my biggest contribution was waving home our only run of the game as the third base coach. In my first at bat, I grounded out weakly to shortstop.
On the second pitch I saw of my second at bat, I did the same thing. However, somehow, I managed to beat the throw to first for an infield single. My base hit also drove in a run. When I was told I was safe at first, I was shocked. I thought for sure my turtle paced running skills had be thrown out.
Getting my first hit of the season was a great feeling, but doing so to keep our game alive was better. But even those facts paled in comparison to having my wife, daughter, and youngest son at the game to cheer me on. My two oldest boys chose to spend the evening watching the Hannibal Cavemen cough up a 4-run lead and fall to the Springfield Sliders 7-6. I can’t say I blame them. At 14 and 8 years old, my boys felt the Cavemen put on a better show than watching dad hack at slow pitch softball and try to beat out infield grounders.
Do to family obligations, my family was unable to watch any of our games last season, so this was their first chance to see me in action. I was glad to give them a reason to cheer.
My RBI single was the only run we got in the sixth.
Believer’s Church scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 12-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh, we got two runners on to open the frame before the next two batters were retired.
But Immanuel Baptist was not giving up. We put  on a furious rally to score four runs with two outs before the third out of the inning was recorded.
Defensively we made some nice plays. One of the best was a comebacker our pitcher was able to snag out of midair that was heading right at him.
While we lost, we had fun and we never gave up. We went out and battled every inning and gave it our all. As for me, finishing my first game of the year 1-for-2 with an RBI is a good feeling. Of course, not making any errors behind the plate was nice as well.
I look forward to next Thursday’s game.