We played the three makeup games and won all three games (Game 1: 13-7, Game 2: 22-9, and Game 3: 13-3)!! Winning those games put us in 2nd place for our league! It felt great to have accomplished that because I knew our team was one of the better teams in our league. Honestly speaking we deserved 1st place, but that's another story for another time. We hit a mid-season slump after having 2 bye weeks back to back and we had a very hard time climbing out of it, but as you can see by those scores above...we made it!
The tournament was this past Saturday...ALL of Saturday! We had four one-hour games scheduled so I knew this day had the potential to be a long day (if we kept winning). Our games were scheduled for 10, 11:15, 12:30, & 2:30. These were single elimination games, so one loss would have had us a one-way ticket out of the tournament for good!
Since our first game was so early, I thought we'd have a nice, cool morning of softball ahead of us...WRONG! I was nowhere near ready for the amount of heat and humidity we had to face all day long. It was already hard enough having to get up that early on a Saturday morning but add to that having to competitively active and you've got yourself a challenge!
The first game was really close. I'm sure I wasn't the only one having trouble with having to be active that early in the morning because none of us were hitting like we normally do. I was nervous the entire first game. My stomach was in knots and I was shaking terribly! I'm super competitive but not in a showy way; I internalized all that anxiety and couldn't get rid of it no matter what I did! I'm sure nobody likes to lose, but I don't like losing when I know I (or we in this case) are capable of winning! A game that we should have won by a landslide we won by the skin of our teeth.
After barely making it out of the first game alive, we have about 10 minutes before our next game. Even though we couldn't get our bats going, we played the best defensive game we'd played up to that point so we were on a high. It was time for our game to start but the other team was nowhere to be found! This was such a blessing! We had the opportunity to rest, get hydrated, get some batting practice in, sit around and relax and cut up...like we normally do...so we could get our heads wrapped around being competitive yet still having a good time.
The next two games we played were tough, but we made it out champions. We got over our slumps and arrived at the end of this journey greater than we were when we started. We meshed as a team and showed DC what we could do!
This has been a great season and I've met some wonderful people who have created an interesting summer for me!! I've grown a lot as a softball player and I still have a lot of growing to do to become more consistent as a player. I can't wait to see what we do next year. I know they're are some teams out there gunning for us...but they're going to have to work really hard if they want to dethrone The Authority!!