Herald Journal Columns
July 3, 2006, Herald Journal

Hardest thing I’ve tried to hit

By Aaron Schultz

After several summers off, I am back at it – playing softball that is.

But do I jump into the realm of slow pitch? Oh no. I don’t even find myself a good old modified team to play with.

Instead, I and a number of my old softball teammates and fellow Winsted Wildcat members have gotten back into fast-pitch.

We are sponsored by the Blue Note and play out at the Hollywood Sports Complex.

I figured, what the heck, I always loved fast-pitch back in the day when I played with Buck Uecker and the Waverly crew, so I thought it would be fun, and help my swing for baseball.

After playing the first couple of weeks during the season, I missed about a month of games due to baseball coaching responsibilities, but about three weeks ago, I began showing up regularly again.

It has been pretty fun, although I always dread giving up a night to play softball.

But, once I am there, it is a real good time.

That is, until this past Tuesday night, when we played a team that had a South American pitching.

This guy threw pretty much as hard as anyone I had ever faced – baseball included.

Take that into account with the fact that in fast-pitch, the pitcher starts only about 40 feet away, and by the time he is done hopping, is much closer – it can get scary.

Then, this guy that was throwing against us not only threw hard, but had a drop ball and a rise ball that moved so much it was ridiculous.

Despite how good this guy was, we lost just 2-1, and if not for a dropped pop-up in right, we easily could have won.

Of course, I had nothing really to do with our chances of winning since I struck out all three times I was up, hitting just one foul ball in the whole process.

At least I wasn’t as bad as my teammate Marc ‘Otis’ Kohler, who went down all four times.

I just wanted to thank Otis for making my night at the plate not look as bad.