The skies opened up in the bottom half of the second inning, and Elite Softball’s fourth game of the season quickly turned into an error-laden slugfest between two teams whose bats certainly outperformed their gloves. In the end, though, it was Elite that prevailed yet again, outlasting its regional rivals in a 17-12 victory.
Elite fell behind early, as the opposition led off the game with back-to-back solo home runs and added an additional three runs in the bottom half of the second. Elite’s bats finally came alive, however, and they never looked back. Matt added four hits, but it was the trio of Kevin, Greg, and Dave who delivered the major blows, adding a bases-loaded double, a three-run homer, and an RBI-double down the left field line, respectively.
Marilyn had her breakthrough performance of the season, snagging a sinking line drive in right field to prevent an extra-base hit while also driving in two runs and scoring another. Gina drove in a run and scored one of her own in the victory, while also adding a running catch in right field to preserve Elite’s lead in the fourth. Finally, Meg worked a walk and later beat the throw at home to pad the lead.
Sam settled down after some early struggles and, despite not getting much help from his defense, managed to grab his third win of the season. “Our defense never makes that many mistakes,” he said, “but it was great to see the offense pick up the slack and get some runs on the board.”
This was, arguably, the first time Elite has been challenged this season, and playing in back-and-forth games like this can only help to mentally strengthen and prepare this young team on its quest for a league title. “That was the worst game we’ve played all year,” Mike would later say, “and we still won.” Indeed, whether or not Elite would have had the fortitude in prior seasons to counter the punches its opponent threw tonight is debatable at best, and to see this degree of resiliency is proof of its continued improvement over the past couple of seasons.
“We’re more of a team than we’ve ever been before,” said Matt. And, one might argue, a better team as well.