Softball Picking It Up

Free Floating 13, Flexy Back 4
Grad/Law League

Coming off what was its first win in Grad/Law Softball, Captain Barrasso’s Flexy Back (1-3) was determined to build on its success. And at least for three innings, the team did just that. Flexy had an answer to everything Free Floating brought its way in the first two innings.

Perhaps Flexy had some extra motivation seeing its Lawyering Skills TA, John Nordlund, delivering in-your-face dingers for the opponent as one of Floating’s strongest hitters. Flexy’s Kyle Ryan took it upon himself to keep his team in the game as he finished the game 3 for 3 with a home run, which knotted the game at 3 in the second inning.

Nordlund and Floating weren’t having it, as they came right back out and slogged 10 runs in the bottom of the third to put the 1Ls in their place. Nordlund served up his own lesson as he sent a towering fly ball 450 feet to highlight the inning. He will be holding “ball watching” clinics for his section at his Office Hours next week.

Flexy managed to score a run in the top of the fourth, but could not prevent the mercy rule from taking into effect. Flexy did, however, have something to cheer about at the end of the game when the team’s recently called-up infielder Serena Hourigan made an awkwardly coordinated play on a liner, kept her excitement in check, hurled the ball to first for the final out, and then celebrated their mercy rule defeat in walk-off fashion.

“I was just trying to give the fans something to cheer about. They’ve stuck by us through the highs and lows, so I thought ‘why not bring the two together?’” panted an exhausted and elated Hourigan.

Flex 5, Metaphor 5 (Flex wins by default)
Undergrad League

The Undergrad League saw a nail-biter this round, when two talented teams jostled for position in what ended up being a photo finish. Undergrad leagues are more competitive, so each team pitches to the other. Lonnie Brown got the start for Flex (1-1) last Tuesday and pitched four innings, striking out three, walking none, and allowing three runs. Flex got outstanding play in the infield from the Anchorage Anchor, Mark Chiklo, who dominated the dirt, scooping up any ball that came his way. Mark Serino batted fourth and hit a 399 ft. home run to left-center to cut the deficit to two (3-1).

Serino then relieved L. Brown and pitched three solid innings of his own, allowing only two earned runs. The two runs scored on outfield errors by Umar Hussain and Jeff Ho, and to be fair, their girls were really good.

Down 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th, Flex had to man-up and put four runs on the board to win the game. Flex co-skippers, L. Brown and Umar Hussain, decided to make a double switch to put their team in the best position to win. Chiklo led off the inning and single to center. After Georgia Gebhardt grounded to advance the runner, Serino singled. Determined as ever, second baseman Rachel Ehsan reluctantly took the mound, reflecting the spirits of the team. Out of nowhere, the SDSU product tripled to short (a debatable ruling, considering the shortstop clearly threw the ball over the second basewoman’s head), scoring two and cutting Metaphor’s lead to just one run (5-4).

“Ehsan really showed her grit. That play really defined what our section is all about. We aren’t going to give up. We fight hard till the very end,” said Section Rep. Kevin Brown. Brown singled in Ehsan to tie the game in the next at bat, but that is where the scoring ended.

Fortunately for Flex, what the undergrads have in being young and athletic specimens, they lack in discipline. Due to a lack of players, Metaphor was provided with a rotation of catchers from Flex. Flex both began and ended the game as winners.

“Brown and Serino did a particularly good job mixing up pitches high and low, changing speeds, and keeping hitters off the plate. You could see [Gebhart] improving as catcher as her throws back to the pitcher were more and more accurate as the game went on. Our defense was solid as usual, and Laurel Holmes did a great job killing time last week. We’ll take the win,” said a pleased Hussain.

Cases Loaded 12, Torts Illustrated 10
Grad/Law League

In the highly anticipated matchup between Section C rivals, Cases Loaded prevailed and polished its record to a sterling 4-0. Emotions were high in this matchup, as Cases’ Tyler Blix and Mike Reilly led a fierce charge early in the game to bring their team to a 12-4 lead. They also benefited from some timely hitting and fielding from Taylor Wemmer and Sara-dactyl Belvill. Last week, they came back from a 9-4 deficit to win and things clearly carried over into this game.

Cases looked to cruise to an easy win until T.I. began showing off its swagger. You can never get too comfortable in a rivalry game, as Captain Glaccum’s squad mounted a comeback of its own. T.I.s hitters sprayed hits all over the field and put up six runs in the final clip. The deficit was a little too large, as Cases hung on for the dramatic win.

“Well it was a battle of ‘awesome’ as Section C took on Section C. Ultimately, we were the ones who strapped up and took our talents down to Manchester Field that night. You were all witnesses,” boasted Cases’ John Salt.

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