JCBC Softball: Game 5
JOHN’S CREEK 20, OPPONENT 13
Finally, a victory. And all it took was Nathaniel not hitting. After going 0-4 in the first four games when Nate hit .636, John’s Creek won Game 5 20-13 with Nate getting only one hit.
Despite the umpiring being “questionable” at best and “outright biased” at worst, John’s Creek was able to slug their way to a victory. Ned, Bryan, Big Lou and TJ all collected three hits apiece and Dwight was on base all four times last night.
Playing down a man last night, John’s Creek played some great defense with Zachary and Dwight both making great plays.
Playing in a church league where your team is the only team that’s not from the same church as the umpires has its’ drawbacks, and these drawbacks had never been as clear as they were last night. Before the season, I read and re-read the league rules and know them by heart. So I’m going to address some things that occurred in last night’s game.
- The Roaming Strike Zone: It’s different in the top of the inning and the bottom of the inning. Pitching for the first time last night, I got a good idea about this.
- In the second inning, Bryan blooped a ball to shallow left field. I was on first base and with two outs headed to second base on contact. The left-fielder came in and the shortstop went out. As I arrived at second (with the best view of the play), the shortstop caught the ball, tripped over his left-fielder and dropped the ball. As I turned on the jets to score I heard the field umpire (hereafter referred to as Umpire Fatty McButterpants) call Bryan out. Now, the rulebook outlines plays such as these, and lets the umpire rule if a ball is dropped during a transfer from glove to hand. This rule specifies that in order to be ruled “dropped on transfer” the fielders hand has to go into the glove to get the ball. Which never happened in this case.
- In the third inning Ned hit a drive to right field and had an easy triple, but the shortstop feigned a tag, causing Ned to slide into second even though the outfielder still hadn’t gotten the ball yet. According to the church’s extra rules, the shortstop’s actions were illegal and penalized with an immediate ejection from the game. This didn’t happen.
- In the fourth inning, we were in the field and they had a runner on first with one out. Their batter hit a grounder to our shortstop, Big Lou who stepped on second and threw to first for the double play. But wait, the runner going into second executed an ugly take-out slide, which Lou took exception to. Take Out slides are also supposed to result in an immediate ejection from the game and a one-game suspension. None of this happened. And on top of it, Umpire Fatty McButterpants was at second base to make the out all there, and then proceeded to, from behind second base, call the runner at first safe, even though I received Lou’s throw a step and a half before the runner reached first. I had tossed the ball to the mound and stepped off the field when the safe call came and was astounded that we weren’t out of the inning.
- In the fourth inning, I hit a long drive that landed just fair down the left field line. Always hustling, I was rounding first as the first baseman was yelling foul ball and telling me to stop. Having four innings of their bull behind me I kept going and went into second standing up. Again, misleading a runner in this league is bush league and illegal according to First Redeemer’s rule book. So, by my count, there were three players on the other team that should have been ejected, but none were.
But John’s Creek still managed to put up 20 runs for the first time this year and won their first game. Here’s the abbreviated boxscore, which looks better than the first few games, at least for most people.
Dwight: 2-3, 3R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, ROE
Michael: 2-4, 2R, RBI, ROE, 4E (fielding, 4)
TJ: 3-4, 3R, 3B, 2RBI,
Lou: 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
Nathaniel: 1-4, 2R, 2B, RBI, ROE, K
Bryan: 2-4, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, ROE
Rob: 0-4, 3K, E (fielding)
Zachary: 2-4, 2R, RBI, ROE
Ned: 3-4, 3R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
Look at all those hits, runs and RBIs. I’m so proud. The next thing to fix is our second base defense. Nine of our 23 errors have come at second base, or nearly 40%.