So Aaron and I just got back from our first softball game in the co-ed league for Asbury Seminary. I think we barely qualify for a co-ed league considering that there are only 2 females on each of the four teams. We are the token minority. It’s okay though, and for at least the first few games, I can use it to my advantage. You see, no one at the seminary really knows about my history; softball and I are old pals. So, when I get up to bat, at least the first time, the guys creep in, thinking I’ll swing, pardon the phrase, like a girl. Burning them gives me great joy! Then, if I get the ball in the outfield, the guys usually think that means extra base, not realizing that I am about to nail them with the perfect throw. Ahh, sweet satisfaction.
I played fast-pitch softball the majority of my life; competitively for 14 years, two in college. I have since played about 4 seasons of slow-pitch, but it had been about a year since I had played. Needless to say, it felt great to get back out on the field. It’s still strange for me to get to a game without having practiced everyday for at least 3 hours, and I have to admit, it shows sometimes! I’m glad I can rely on natural ability right now, because I need a few games to shake the rust off.
I’d tell you our team name, but we don’t really have an official or even semi-official one; the closest has been either Dan’s team, or Team Mostad, which is our coach and fellow seminarian. Tonight we played Team (enter name of coach here), and we lost 11-9, which I didn’t even realize until we got home, and I asked Aaron; the game was pretty relaxed, no scoreboards, and I’m not sure if there was a scorekeeper, other than the ump. Did I mention I was the only girl on my team tonight? Amy, the other token, wasn’t feeling well. If I already didn’t put enough pressure on myself to prove to the guys that I was one of them, just prettier, I now had the lucky position of odd-“man” out. Well, I wasn’t left out, as I played the whole game, but it felt strange to look around and see no one that shared the same chromosome as me. By the end of the game however, I claimed my spot, and I even found myself amused at some parts of both my game and the game in general that have not changed. Continue reading