Thursday, May 12, 2016

Softball Spotlight

My daughter had her first softball practice tonight. She's 8 years old, so it's a coach pitch league. Last year I did some umping for her team. That was a stressful gig at times, but I didn't mind doing it. This evening there were a number of players helping with the team. I was shagging balls (you can stop snickering at any time, UK folks) for the infield drills for a chunk of practice.

Towards the end of practice the girls did some live hitting and parents were trying their luck at pitching. I tried to keep quiet, but let slip that I pitched for my adult co-ed team a couple years ago so I had my turn. I don't know if it was a good thing or not, but I threw a lot of strikes. My pitches were a little slower and with more arc than the coach who had given them batting practice so the girls' timing was a little off, but they managed to connect.

My throwing felt consistent and to that end it looks like I earned a spot in the rotation for the team. It should be fun and a little less stressful than umping, and when I get glasses I might even be able to see the plate!