Once I take a swing at the perfect pitch you can hear the crack of the bat forcefully pushing the ball to get a base hit. At first base I then watch our coach give the sign to hit to the next batter, he then turns to give me the steal sign. As I watch the pitcher start her motion all I can think about is running my hardest to get to the next bag. As the pitch is thrown I race my way and slide into the bag and hear to umpire scream “safe”. My teammates are screeching with excitement.
The pitcher starts her windup and lets the ball go. “Strike”, the umpire yells behind me. My team is yelling and cheering in the dugout, and my coach is shaking his head at third base. The pitcher lets lose another pitch. “Strike two”, the umpire yells again.
As defined by the MLB, this critical tool, “measures the speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact”(“What Is a Exit Velocity?” ). The goal of any hitter is to obtain the highest exit velocity they are physically capable of. The harder a batter can hit the ball, the faster the ball will travel and the less time the opposing players have to respond. Strong exit velocity coupled with the right launch angle makes for one mean hitting machine. But how does all of this information relate to softball?
A fastball on the outside corner” (10). In this quote, Troy even compares the end of life to a dangerous pitch that is hard to hit. It would seem as though Troy’s entire life revolves around baseball. This conclusion is displayed in the way Troy talks and in the way, Troy lives his life. One example of this is in the setting of this story.
“4!” I yelled to my outfielder as the runner was running home. The runner was running fast and he was almost at home plate. The outfielder threw the baseball in and hoped the batter would be out as it was the last out of the inning. “Tag!” my teammates exclaimed as the baseball entered my glove and I went to tag the runner. The runner came hurtling in and as he ran, I was bringing my glove around to tag him, but I did not get my glove in place fast enough.
Baseball, America’s greatest pastime, has been documented in thousands of movies; however The Sandlot and The Bad News Bears capture the most memorable aspects and cruel realities of little league and backyard baseball before the sport became a hollywood enterprise. The Sandlot shows baseball in its purest form, a group of neighborhood boys playing a never ending game and playing for the love of the game. The Bad News Bears represents the pains of little league baseball, from learning what a baseball is, to finding a select few athletes who take over the team to win at all costs. Both movies are classics in the baseball genre of film and are alike, yet so different that they are entertaining for all. The Sandlot directed by David Evans was released in 1993 and has become a baseball classic (rogerebert.com).
You play catcher, third base, and really want to be a pitcher too. Then one day in the middle of the season at practice your right knee starts to feel funny. Next thing you know you’re running to catch a pop fly and your knee gives out. You tell the coach and worry about being able to play anymore while icing your knee. Well, all of this and much more happened to me in my middle and high school softball career.
The pitcher on the other team was throwing curve balls and sinkers that many of us were not used to at the time. I was playing catcher in the bottom of the last inning. We were up by one and our pitcher Cole couldn't let up any runs. It got down to two outs with a man on first and second. Wearing the gear on a hot day like that one was making sweat roll down the sides of my face.
In the outfield, there are three positions: left, center and right. The outfielder’s main job is to act as a backup for the infield. The outfield covers their own position, but are also responsible for balls hit in any other vicinity of their original position. They are typically athletes who can run fast to cover a lot of open field. Outfielders are also in charge of preventing any baserunners from gaining extra bases.The left fielder plays the position on the left side of the field, behind third base when looking at the field from behind home plate.
I thought I had found my opportunity when introduced to a game these boys described as wall ball. The object of the game was simply to throw a ball against the wall and attempt to catch it as it bounced off. If the ball is to touch somebody without being caught, the player must go up to the wall and wait as another player threw a baseball at their backs. Aware of my inability to catch a ball, the boys invited me to play as a brutal form of humiliation. I willingly volunteered, believing this to be my chance to make a friend.
I had him throw a couple more fastballs just so that the batter would think that’s our last route. Then I called the change up. The batter had been so far in front of it it was really funny. The tying run was up to bat. The first pitch he had hit the ball far into right field.
With two outs, Luken Baker singled through the left side, knocking in Cam Warner. WVU responded in the bottom half on Darius Hill’s single to left-center drove home Jackson Cramer Evan Skoug 's solo shot to left center pulled TCU within two. In the eighth inning, senior righty Jackson Sigman entered the game with the bases loaded and forced Baker to hit the ball back to the mound for the double play. Head coach Randy Mazey dipped back into the bullpen and freshman Cody Wood gave up a two-run base hit to Nolan Brown, cutting the Horned Frogs deficit to 4-2. A wild pitch made it a one run game and Ryan McDonald issued a two-run double to Connor Wanhannen to give TCU a 7-6 lead.
After leaving one runner on second in the previous inning, the eighth looked as if the Boom would at least tie, if not take the lead. Daniel Sweet (Dallas Baptist), Michael Gizzi (State College of Florida) and Matt Gandy (Creighton) worked consecutive base-on-balls to load the bases with no one out. Sanford made a pitching change, with Cody Henry (Alabama) coming to the plate. He lined a frozen rope over a ducking Gizzi, right at the short stop, who beat Gizzi back to the second base bag, for the double play. Sweet scampered home, as the first pitch of Garrett Wolforth’s (Dallas Baptist) at-bat, got away from the catcher.
We started fast scoring 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning Dylan and Reno each crossed the plate that inning. Derek took the hill to pitch, he started with 2 strikeouts and a lazy fly ball to left field. Then I was up to start the top of the second inning and I watched the first two pitches pass for balls and then on the third pitch of the at bat I hit a line drive to left field for a single but the next three batters all got out. Tanner got up and said “Lets hold this lead boys.” “Yea!” the team replied. “Ok boys we are up 2 runs we need to keep playing good defense” coach stated Moving forward to
Riley Timmons Mr.Forbes September 16, 2015 4th Hour Personal Narrative Broken Baseball Player The general definition of a teammate is a person who works with their team towards a common goal. Now what kind of teammate would I be if I stopped helping my baseball squad achieve their goal, just because I was injured? I tried to picture what the game would be like in my head; me sitting in the stands while my team lost the tournament. The fill-in pitcher for my team threw the batter an easy ball, resulting in another home run. It was probably 14-2 by now.