On the Diamond: Hurts so good | AspenTimes.com

On the Diamond: Hurts so good

The Hard Times lived up to their name in a Monday night thriller against Keelty Construction.After last week’s disappointing show of only five Aspen Times players, coach Seth Wagner rallied the team and produced a solid squad of 13 Hard Times players who were ready to swing for the fences. Everyone showed up with enthusiasm and a yearning to finish on top. You could see it in the eyes of the players: They wanted to win!We stormed out of the gates and put up four runs in the first, one in the second and continually scored throughout the game on the Keelty team. We had a healthy 7-3 lead going into the sixth inning. You could feel the excitement: After losing the first two games, this had to be our week.It could have been a win for the ages, on par with the Red Sox’s improbable comeback in the American League Championship Series against the Yankees last year. But the luck of the Hard Times’ 13 players set with the sun as it dipped behind the peaks. Keelty rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the sixth and The Aspen Times crew’s morale was down. We gave the Keelty team one last push, but the zero-run seventh inning brought the walls crumbling down.Watch out Cubs, the Hard Times may give you a run for your money as the cursed lovable losers. Now if we could only get the Rockies on the schedule, we might get a “W.” You have to love the heart of the Times. Look out Aspen Co-Ed Recreation Softball League, the Hard Times is a team on the rise.Fans, don’t keep your heads down. We know you’re out there supporting us and cheering us on – maybe not in person, but surely as you read results in the local sports pages. We won’t let you down.Good-luck tips, helpful superstitions and motivating cheers can be sent to swagner@aspentimes.com.