Smegmalicious and his friends (whose names I do not remember, I am sorry) showed up a full hour early to LL Softball. I got there at 1pm and the rest of the crew slowly but surely rolled on in. When ten of us had made it there, we decided it was time to try a game, but we knew we had to adjust the rules.
Special Rules for 5v5 Softball:
1. All balls hit in the infield are outs; balls must land on the outfield grass on-the-fly to be considered hits.
2. The fielding team must furnish 4 outfielders and 1 catcher. If the ball lands in the outfield for a base hit, the fielders complete the play by throwing the ball to the catcher at home plate. All runners who are NOT standing on a base when the catcher receives the ball and steps on home plate shall be considered out.
We attempted this in the first game and got an uncharacteristically low 1-0 score for the first five innings, in favor of the Cones. After five innings, we switched from hitting softballs to hitting baseballs. Smegmalicious bombed a homerun in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the score at 1-1 and send it into extras.
Neither team scored in the 8th inning and we went to the ninth. With two runners on, I hit a long fly ball to the wall in center that I didn't think had enough power to get over, when to my surprise, it bounced off the CF's glove and over the wall for a three-run homerun, making the score 4-1. Team Tractor would come back in the 9th and score another on a homer to make it 4-2, but they would get no more.
We tried to mess with the rules again, but it just didn't go, so we continued with the rules described above and tried another game. This time, the Cones would be the home team, and I thought to grab a digital video camera I happened to have on hand. I wasn't able to get it set up in time for the top of the first, but I did get the rest of the game.
A group started playing some softball across the way in the park, and we asked them a couple times if they wanted to join us. Finally, once they had a quorum, we got to play LL'ers versus... um, I'm not actually sure who they were. Hopefully we'll catch up to them again and we'll get the chance to play another game.
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