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Season 3 Games 4 (cont.), 5, 6, 7 and 8

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

It's been a while since I said anything about softball. The past few weeks have been kind of poopy as far as weather, and a bunch of softball games were cancelled due to rain. When they cancel a game, they make it up by doubling up the games the next week.

Game 4 was called in the middle of the third inning, so when we had to make it up, we had to recreate the game and continue. I expected to just start a new game and start over, but no, we had to remember who was on what base and who was at bat with how many strikes/balls/fouls they (I) had. Once we got all that straight and started the game, we creamed them. In their defense, they were short one girl and one guy, so their fielding was bit off.

For game 5, we played the same team, which I though was pretty stupid. What if one team was totally better than the other, how much fun would it be to get creamed once and know you're going to get pounded again in the next game? We beat them in this game also, but it was much closer. We are very similar teams, but their player shortage sealed their fate.

Normally I can play a game on Sunday and be physically fine, not sore or anything. Playing these two games back to back took its toll on me. I was pretty sore after, but still ok. The problem came the next week when we had another double header (games 6 and 7). I stretched and did everything I normally do to prepare for a game, but my first at-bat did something to my hamstring. It wasn't bad, but I was feeling it. Luckily we had a surplus of guys, so I was a designated hitter and got to just stretch in between our times batting. The stretching didn't help. Every time I had to run the bases my leg got worse and worse. By the time the second game started I was totally handicapped. I traded spots with a guy who was sitting out the second game because I just couldn't move.

Last week was game 8, but I didn't play in it. I was mowing the lawn earlier in the day and got stung by a wasp in the leg. I'm not terribly allergic to bees and wasps, but it really hurt and got all swollen. That combined with the state of my hamstring from the week before, I just didn't even try to play. Luckily I didn't drive all the way to Cobb's Hill, because the game was rained out in the first inning! That would've set a triple header for next weekend, but I just found out that one of the teams forfeited already, so it's only down to a double header. I should start stretching now...

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