On May 7, 2012, my team, Willington 2, played Willimantic for the second time this season. We didn’t start out like our last game against them; we allowed four runs in the first inning. Willimantic led off with a triple, and with a man on first, I committed an error, which allowed a run to score. Our defense allowed only four runs to score, as John made a diving stop to get the forceout at second; Joe made a great play at first to get the out at first. Clark got the final out with a strike-out. We were hoping to get some runs back against the pitcher but we didn’t. We didn’t allow any runs the next inning, keeping Willimantic to the same score. That same inning, I got up to bat with a man on third, hoping to get us our first run and my first RBI of the year. I was walked instead. The next batter was Larry, and he got a base hit between third and short, to give us our first run. Later, Larry stole second, and I stole third for my third stolen base of the season. After one of our batter’s was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded. John hit one to the pitcher, and he threw him out at first ending the inning, leaving us down 4-1.
Once again, in the third inning we allowed no runs to keep the score 4-1, as Clark escaped the inning by striking out a batter with two men on. In the third, with the bases loaded I came up to bat. Previously in the inning, we had scored a run due to a ball that went past the catcher, making it 4-2. Once again the pitcher threw a ball past the catcher and this enabled a run to score. The ball got away from the catcher and another run came into score to tie the game. The ball rolled away from the catcher and onto the pitching mound, and another run almost scored but they held him at third. On the very next pitch, I hit a hard ground ball to the pitcher, but he threw it home and got the out. I was frustrated because I was robbed of my first base hit and RBI of the season. While on base I almost got picked off. On the third ball dealt to the batter after me, I thought it was ball four, so I started trotting towards second, when I realized it wasn’t ball four! Luckily, I dove back to first in time to beat the throw! That inning, I stole third again, and this lead to getting the bases loaded with two outs. On the third strike, the catcher dropped the ball and it rolled away. I forgot to run so the catcher tagged the plate to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, my team changed our pitcher, from Clark to John For the third inning in a row we allowed no runs. In the bottom of the inning, I came up to bat with men on second and third, two outs and a different pitcher. I took the very first pitch and hit the ball right back up the middle and into center field for a go ahead RBI single to give my team the 5-4 lead! In the fifth inning, their was a very scary moment. Willimantic got the bases loaded with two outs, and the count for the batter was three balls and two strikes! John; however, handled the pressure and threw a called strike three to end a huge Willimantic threat! We didn’t score any runs the next inning, but we earned the win when the game was called due to darkness. We were all exuberant about the win, but I was the most exuberant because I played one the best games I’ve ever played: I got on base every time, had two hits and the game-winning, go-ahead RBI single! Our next game is at Legion Field in Willimantic; if we play as well as we did last game, we have a very good chance of winning!