On the Diamond: Stop raining on our parade
Rain, rain, go away, come again on non-softball days.That was the feeling on Monday afternoon while sitting in the car at the Aspen Recreation Center parking lot in the middle of downpour.Fifteen minutes before the first pitch was supposed to be tossed out, an inch of standing water had already accumulated on the surrounding fields. Then it started to hail.Ever the optimist, our shortstop Jon “The Hammer” Maletz rolled down his car window and said, in all seriousness, “It looks like it’s gonna clear up here pretty quick.”Only seconds later, a huge bolt of lightning lit up the sky, followed by a drumroll of thunder.We waited another five minutes until it was impossible to hide from the truth any longer. Another week, and another canceled game. It was a tough one to swallow – especially with the kind of season we’ve had so far.Yeah, we’re only 3-2. And yes, we gave up six runs in one inning to the best team in the league. We still struggle to round up enough girls to play each week, too.But, when you consider that we won two games all last summer, three wins is a huge deal. Morale around the office is sky-high. Everyone – from the publisher to the new late-night janitors – is starting to believe in this team.The publisher even ponied up for a cool, new bat after she got word of our opening two wins. There’s also been talk of everyone pitching in for matching T-shirts.And then this: two weeks of no games. First a cancellation because of the holiday weekend, then a rainout.Hopefully the magic won’t get drowned out by the lame weather. Hopefully it will be sunny this coming Monday, and we’ll come back strong. If we don’t, well, we can just blame it on the long layoff.
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