Last night at 7:56 we took the baseball field for Buddy's 3rd game of the season. Yes, 7:56 - four minutes before bedtime! ugh! We are very unhappy that we are have these late games. Luckily we don't have school today for Good Friday, but we will be in the same boat on Monday with another late game.
I got a sitter for LG and Babe as they are both sick and I didn't need to have them at the ball field.
We were up to bat first with Buddy the lead off batter. He was walked. as were the next 5 of 6 batters. Buddy stole every base on wild pitches and scored our first run of the night. We would limit out at 5 runs.
Bottom of the first, 2 up, 2 down. We'd walk the next 2 batters and the strike out the next allowing only 1 run to score. woohoo! score 5 -1
Top of the second, our first batter got a hit to first base, then several walks including Buddy. We'd limit our runs at 5 again with only 1 out. We were feeling pretty good about ourselves at this point.
Bottom of the second, a walk, a hit, a couple more walks, a thrown out at 3rd and a out at first put us at three runs and two outs, but we couldn't hold them and they scored their limit of 5. score 10 - 6
Top of the third, we struck out, walked, struck out and got one hit and an out at first only scoring one run.
Bottom of the third, we walked the first three batter, then they got a hit scoring two runners, then more walks and a double to score their limit of five. score 11-11. oh no.
We only have about 12 minutes left in regulation but because we were tied we have to play a complete 4th inning.
Top of the fourth, we took first, then Buddy was walked and the next. then a strike out but Buddy managed to steal home for our second run scored in the ending. The last two batters both got out at first. ugh.
Bottom of the fourth, we needed to hold them to one run and Buddy is pitching. I'm nausea at this point because I get so nervous. He was so tired and knowing we needed to hold them added the pressure.
He walks the first batter, walks the second batter, during the third at bat, the first runner scores with a very close play at home base. We thought he was out, but he wasn't. We have to hold them with one run scored and no outs. Pressures on. Buddy strikes the third batter out for out number 1. Next batter gets up and on a wild pitch the third base runner tries to steal home and Buddy is right there to receive the ball from the catcher for out number 2. Yes, no run scored and another out. That batter would walk, so we had one scored, 2 outs and the tying run at first. Buddy was so cool, calm and collected.
The fifth batter gets up and hits the second pitch to 2nd base for a thrown out at first. Game over! Score 13-12. Buddy gets the save! He threw 16 balls, 4 strikes and 1 hit. He was the first and last run scored. We were all so happy for them all and ready for bed.
Sorry no pics, but keeping score and counting pitches doesn't allow M.E. anytime for socialize, let alone picture taking.