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.