Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Softball Update

My softball team is sick good. I'm not an awful player (actually I'm probably above average defensively, but well below average with the stick), and I'm pretty easily the 8th or 9th best guy on the team. We have a dude who played freaking low A ball for crying out loud. What's he doing now, you ask? Slow pitch softball, obviously.

Tonight we started off slow, like always, with our 1-2-3 hitters going oh for their first 6 at bats and digging us into a 10-5 hole. Our captain wasn't in attendance, we had a back up guy pitching, and were missing at least 1 useful outfielder and were consequently a little weak out their in the right half of the field. But just wait for it....We scored 12 runs in the bottom of the 4th to take a 17-10 lead, from which we never looked back (the final score was 24-12), and turned an 8-2-4-3-8 triple play in the top of the 5th.

Go ahead, read that again. Men on the corners, nobody out, we're up 7 runs (you should think of softball scores sort of like football scores, really...7 runs is pretty much one good inning), and we turn an 8-2-4-3-8 triple play. Fly ball to left center, caught, thrown to the catcher for the tag, that's two, guy on first is somehow caught in the middle, catcher zings the ball to me at second, I chase the dude back then flip it to the first baseman, who executes his portion flawlessly, flipping the ball to the left center fielder (who is poaching the shortstop's play in his excitement to complete a FUCKING TRIPLE PLAY IN SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL).

My only regret is that we have no video, as I think we honestly would have had a shot at top plays.


Dave said...

I don't know if I've ever been a part of a triple play, but you gotta think they're reasonably common. Double plays are fairly common (not GIDPs, although that happens once a game, maybe), but lining into a double play happens all the time. The fielders are much closer to the bags, and the runners are a lot less agile.

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jesse8888 said...

So what you're saying is that you've been playing intramural and rec league softball since the mid 90s, and while you've never been involved in a triple play you're confident that you're simply running below expectation and they are actually commonplace?