Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Night the Bats Were Silent (Game Night)

It was a cold, blustery evening for softball, and it seemed like the Blue (Balls) Bandits were in no mood to play, which became evident in their 4-0 loss to the Amazon Women of Sahuaro. Seriously, half the girls on the other team looked like they should be playing on the 13U team. The final score is deceptive because the Amazon Women had an extra at bat where they scored three runs before the game was called due to the time limit. I hate the time limit because it's a disadvantage to the home team. The visitors are almost always guaranteed an extra at-bat, and the Bandits have lost at least two games because of this.

Have you noticed a little change of tone here? It's amazing how much my attitude toward the game has changed over the course of the season. At the start of the season, everyone was cheering for all the girls, but as the season progressed it was obvious how competitive these teams were. Now, we want to see the Bandits crush the opposition. Last night, Diane and I were secretly cursing the Amazon Women under our breaths (and to each other), willing them with our mind-powers to swing at crappy pitches. Yes, we know, we are horrible people.

We could have won this game, or at least have been a little more competitive, if the girls would have duplicated their normal hitting performance. But none of our sluggers were hitting. It seemed like everyone kept striking out. Kailey fell victime to the "K" in her first at bat, but crushed the ball over the shortstop's head into left field on her second and last at bat. She and another runner were left stranded on base as other Bandit batters failed to hit the ball. Defensively, she did well, cleanly handling a ground ball while playing left field and nearly throwing out the runner at first base.

Only three more games before tournament time. Hopefully by then our bats will come back to life.


The Beast Mom said...

We finally get to keep a win/loss record for B's team. It's been great. The kids are totally into it. I never cheer for the other team anymore. I'm through w/ that. :) I DO however admire good plays by the other team when they happen. But cheer for them? Why? heh-heh.

I have 5 games this week. I hear you on your other post about not having enough time for date nights, etc. I can totally see how parents live busy-crazy and then send the kids off to college and then look at one another and go, "Who the hell are you and why are you looking in my fridge?" Hope we don't all end up like THAT. :)


the battered ham said...

Yeah, that would suck, and you're right, it's not out of the realm of possibility. It's not like the concept of "dating" or "date night" is new to us, it's that we just forget to do it or to even give a concerted effort to make that time. I guess we just need to start getting creative, like taking romantic picnics to softball games five nights a week!