Welcome to another year of NAD Softball! What year is it? Only Cap’n John knows for sure. But my understanding is the team’s been around long enough to have stopped counting birthdays. Which means we’re into that “I’m still 29” phase.
We took the field against our long-time D-minus compadres, the Stray Macs. We’ve had a storied rivalry with them that goes back many many years. Unfortunately, with the addition of a third D-minus team a couple years ago, some of the edge has been taken off. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a good time when we get together.
The Stray Macs were the home team this time around, which meant your NADs got to try to draw first blood. Things weren’t looking good initially as, after a lead-off single by Jim S, we recorded two quick outs. But 7 straight 2-out hits (including two doubles) put us up by 6 before the Macs ever picked up a bat. In the bottom of the first, it took the NAD defense a little while to shake off the off-season rust and the Macs were able to close the gap to 6-4.
Fortunately, there seemed to be no rust on the NAD bats. Six more hits in the 2nd inning led to 5 more runs, the big blow being a 2-run double by newcomer Eric. Then it was time for the NAD defense to go to work. Turns out the NAD defense doesn’t like working long hours and allowed only one hit (and no runs) to end the inning leading 11-4.
Inspired by the NAD defense, the Stray Mac defense refused to allow any NAD runs in the 3rd. Not to be outdone, the NAD defense repeated its performance from the previous inning and we went to the 4th with the score still 11-4.
The NADs broke out the bats once again in top of the 4th, plating 5 more runs on 8 hits. The Macs tried to keep pace and scored 3 of their own in the bottom of the frame. The fifth inning was a repeat of the third, with both teams throwing up goose eggs. And we moved to the 6th with the NADs in front 16-7.
One thing you should know about D-minus softball. No lead is safe at any time. Most of the time a 9-run lead with 2 innings to play is pretty safe. Not in D-minus. In the top of the 6th, the NADs failed to score again (wasting a one-out double by New Sue). And then the Macs put on the pressure by scoring 5 in their half to cut the NAD lead to 16-12.
To the final inning we go, with the NADs clinging to a 4-run lead. Jon started us off in style with a triple that for most of us would have been a single. A quick single by Kevin and we had one all-important insurance run. But that’s all we could muster. So it would be up to the NAD defense to hold that lead. And hold they did, once again keeping the Macs from scoring.
And the NADs open the season with a victory!!
Final Score: NADs 17 Stray Macs 12
NAD of the Day: Sue. In her first game with the NADs she had 3 hits (including a double) and scored a run. And, more importantly, her presence kept us from opening the season with the “Ugly All-Male Version” of the NADs
NAD Play of the Day: Sadly I don’t remember what really happened in the field. Maybe next time I’ll take notes.