From Dust to Glory
Meet the O'Smart Co-Ed Softball Team.
How did we get our interesting team mascot/name?
Our team was made up of 70% O'Smarts.
Which means we had a 30% chance of a successful season.
To put it delicately, we had a rough start to our season.
Our first game I still remember Beetle saying,
"Is this anyone else's first time playing softball?"
More people answered 'Yes,' than I hoped would.
"Struggle," was an understatement of our first few games.
Most teams we played had been together for 5+ years. This game we played the, 'Wall Bangers.' A particularly talented team that more than humbled us. They even had black shirts.
So we scheduled extra practices and hit the batting cages.
Coach Ricker was ruthless.
He drilled us til we dropped.
(Im not being dramatic at all, am I?)
Romeskinner leading off first.
The batting order
Danny's goal for the whole season was to climb the fence and snag one that was going over.
That's him on the fence, and he most definitely snagged it!
Roxy was an All-Star catcher. She was quick on her feet to catch those pop-up fowl balls.
Our newest member of the team was born just a few minutes too late for one of our games.
No worries, he was able to make it to our next game.
Our awesome Coach Ricker and player #55, Cher Dawg
Me posing with local celeb #3, left fielder for the O'Smarts.
We had fans travel thousands of miles to witness an O'Smart softball game.
Several injuries were inflicted.
Body parts were sacrificed, namely the epidermis, for the sake of the team.
No pain, No gain.
Sliding into home to get that crucial run.
And then there were some of us who tripped on first base and got a mouth full of red dirt and a gnarly butt bruise. I swear my teeth are still gritty.
Also, did I mention I was the only one to get out the whole season because I ran into the ball I had just hit. I didn't even think that was possible??
Maybe next year I should stick to team photographer/water girl...
The Championship Tournament was upon us.
Nerves ran wild. Tension was was thick.
We got our game faces on and were ready to take on anything.
We played excellent and were even able to beat the, 'Wall Bangers.' The above photo shows our score against them! 6-5