I try to keep everything in perspective with this blog and I understand that being out there playing softball as an amputee is a good accomplishment, but the competitive side of my personality is going to make my performance tonight a tough pill to swallow for me for the rest of the week. My team, Charm City Electric, was unbelievable tonight. We came back from deficits in both games of our doubleheader, but unfortunately were only able to pick up a split with the team Back on Your Block. I told my teammates that I was writing this blog and that anything goes. I told them that I wouldn’t be afraid to call them out. Tonight I have to call myself out because I can truly say that I lost the second game of our doubleheader. More on that in a minute. I have always been concerned about keeping the blog fresh but tonight I have a lot to get to because it was a crazy night. It is amazing to me how cold weather can affect equipment, and humans that are playing sports. What a difference a week makes. Last week we split and I gave up a combined 42 runs. This week our scores were much lower. We came from behind to win Game one 9-7, and dropped game two in extra innings 10-8. The cold weather definitely kept the ball from carrying well and also had an impact on both teams’ ability to hit.
Game one was a low scoring affair. My night on the mound started with me throwing two balls. That led to my father immediately berating me because I wasn’t throwing strikes. I had to stop and just look at him and say really? two pitches that’s all I get before you start giving me a hard time? I had to share that moment because it helped me understand where I got that competitive personality that I have. We trailed in game one the entire game. It was a 7-4 deficit when we came to bat in the top of the seventh inning. We loaded the bases with two outs, and then a little magic happened. Brian Austin (pictured below) came up and delivered a bases clearing double that tied the game at seven.
We scored two more runs in the inning to take a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. I was able to retire the side in the seventh and we held on for a very satisfying 9-7 victory. Anytime you have a comeback like that you are brimming with confidence heading into the second game. I pitched great in game one but went o-3 at the plate and stranded four runners on the base paths.