Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Goal Post 13, NA1 11

First of all, I have no idea what NA1 is, but Monday night's opponent was the team who came in last place in the A Division last season. Each year, the first place team in the B Division moves up and the last place team in the A Division moves down. We fell into the latter category after going 10-20 in our first year in the league, and have basically been a middle-of-the-pack B team since.

NA1 looks as though they could be one of the contenders in the B Division this season. We got off to a quick start, leading 6-0 after three innings, but then their bats came to life, and we found ourselves trailing 11-10 after they scored two in the 4th, four in the 5th and five in the 6th.

I was back to my usual role of utility man, as I became the first player on the team this year to play both the infield and the outfield. I started in right field, as one of our primary outfielders arrived late. Fortunately, I didn't show any rust as I handled my only two chances, including a somewhat difficult fly ball hit over my head and down the line. Interestingly enough, they didn't score until after we made our defensive changes, moving me to my best position—second base—and inserting a better outfielder than I into right.

At the plate, I went 3-for-4, including hits that started three-run rallies in the 1st and 6th innings. Between my own performance and the team's, this was the most satisfying game of this young season. After squandering a six-run lead and trailing for the first time entering the 7th, we responded by scoring three runs in the top of the inning, and holding them scoreless in the bottom. It's early, but at 3-1, we currently stand tied for first place, and seem to have improved enough to be considered one of the better teams in the league.

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