With Mother Nature teasing us with the promise of rain throughout the night, teams took to the diamond with the hopes of getting through the game without the wet stuff in this, the start of the Spring II softball season at Rusty Lyons. Many teams returned from last season, with one goal on their mind: to erase the disappointment and capture the illusive championship banner that Slap a Pitch has made a seasonal tradition of hoisting up each season. They also returned this season with the mission of continuing their dominance.
In the first game on Field 2, we saw two delightfully named teams battle it out in the opening game of the night. The Pain Balls hoped they figured out the prescription for victory after a sluggish inaugural season in Spring I. They took on some familiar faces in a newly named Ca$h Me Outside (insert meme here). After a vicious gender war in rock, paper, scissor in which the members of the XX chromosome gender representing Pain Balls beat out the only individual representing the XY chromosomes for Ca$h Me Outside, Pain Balls took the field and felt the pain right away from the first pitch. That rock, paper, scissor victory would be one of the few bright spots for Pain Balls as Ca$h Me Outside quickly jumped out to an early lead on the offensive outburst in the top of the first inning stacking up five runs. The Pain Ball responded with power in the bottom of the inning with a majestic home run, yet it was only a two run blast and we don’t give out runs for distance. Ca$h Me Outside showed that the long ball isn’t that important as they racked up another five runs and then added six more in the inning after while limited Pain Balls to just a solo run over the next two innings and that would be more than enough to start their season off on the high note. They won this one 16-3. The rain stayed away the rest of the night and the only precipitation we had all night was the condensation on the side of the beer cans as everyone embraced the social atmosphere in keeping with the Monday night tradition. Cheers!