|Post game! L-R: Nicole, Kristina, Cameron, Matt, Emily H, Bryce, Steven, Emily K, Triffid, Gustav, Mark (missing: Lauren, who had family duty, & yours truly, who was taking the photo!)|
In fact, the game lived up to the great setting. Typically slow-pitch softball is a lot like some amateur jam sessions: much more fun & engaging to be a participant than a spectator. But I think the Underhanded Compliments & the Performance Enhancers put on a pretty fair show on Wednesday, at least in the eyes of the various friends, spouses, moms & grandpas who congregated to watch the game. We knew going in it wasn’t going to be an easy game, & the Performance Enhancers certainly lived up to that expectation.
Following a scoreless top of the first for the Enhancers, we were able to get on the board in the bottom of the inning. With two out, Matt & Bryce hit back-to-back doubles, & that staked us to a 1-0 lead.
|Another great day for Matt: 2 for 3 including a double, & a great catch to end the game!|
|Emily H had a big 2-run single during our second inning rally!|
|Steven had a huge game: 3 for 3, including 2 doubles, plus 4 rbis!|
The top of the fifth started in fairly spectacular fashion. The outfielders were playing deep with one of their stronger hitters at the plate—& he appeared to cross up the defense by hitting a fly ball that would land uncaught in medium right-center. Nicole, however, back-pedaled into the outfield & leaped to make a great catch, recording the first out! A good thing, too, because this was the inning when the Performance Enhancers would make their run, & every out was critical. The next batter doubled & went to third on a grounder to Nicole who got the batter at first. Two outs, no problem, right? Unfortunately, the next batter singled the runner home, & the following batter hit a deep home run to cut the lead to 8-4. The very next batter hit the ball right on the nose, but Emily K was able to snag the liner, & we were out of the inning with a 4-run lead.
|Bryce went 3 for 3: 2 doubles, a single & 2 rbis!|
|Lauren at the plate! Big hit & run scored in the fifth inning|
|Emily K made a couple of critical plays at third base!|
|Kristina came through with a single in our 6-run second inning!|
|Let's not forget Nicole (here with Kristina) - Player of the Game, great game at second base plus a crucial base hit to start the second inning rally!|
Next Week: The Championship Game!