The Women’s Team lost their last 3 games of the season with scores of 13-3, 9-3, and 8-4. Overall the season closed with only one win in the scorebooks, but the ladies improved their skills over the season and enjoyed every game.
Here is the team
Hope I loves giving play by play game feedback, so get a cup of coffee and read on to see what happened their last few weeks of games (there are some exciting moments, it’s worth it!):
Game 1: Lost 8-9
We fell in yet another close 1-run game. Unfortunately what stung worse than the narrow defeat was what else we lost in this game one match-up: two players to injury. In a terrible collision just behind second base, brothers Craig and Kyle Muckenhirn, probably ended one another's seasons with a couple of broken bones. At full sprint they ran into one another chasing a pop-up behind second base. They each fell hard to the ground, and when all the blood was cleaned away and x-rays taken, Kyle had a severely fractured nose and several facial lacerations, and Craig also had some facial lacerations and a fractured left leg (the fibula to be exact). An unfortunate mark on what had thus far been a fun, healthy season. Please keep these two gentlemen in your prayers!
Game 2: Won 15-8
In a valiant show of team solidarity after losing two guys in the first game, Hope I came through with some big plays and some big hits, rallying to take game two. Playing with two guys down and pulling out a win showed great team unity, and the injured players were quite proud of them!
Game 1: Won 13-11
With only 7 guys from our active roster able to make the game, Hope I turned to some outside help, and former Hope CC softball giants, to scratch out a well deserved win in game one. Pastor Cor took a two hour break from his sabbatical to come through big in right field and at the plate, and former Hope softballers Mike and Adam also brought great lift to the team! They were able to string together some nice innings offensively to take the early lead, and through some great defensive plays were able to hold on to St. Stephanus' late inning rally attempt!
Game 2: Lost 8-13
The heat and humidity got to the teams bats in game two. Sadly the team stranded a few too many runners on base, leaving the bases loaded and bounding into double plays in more than one inning. With only 8 runs on the board they could not overtake the St. Stephanus offense, and fell in game two.
Game 1: Lost 4-2
With many of the guys out with injury, the bats as a team decided to mirror that feeling, and failed to come alive in both games. Hope I lost game 1 of the evening 4-2, which is an amazingly low scoring game for softball! Fortunately they knew they could play defensively with anyone in the league, they just need to find their bats again!
Game 2: Lost 4-13
Same old, same old: Great pitching and defense, but they could not manage to string together any hits.
The Hope I Men’s team wrapped up their regular season with a record of 3-17.
Hope II is quite the opposite of Hope I in one way – they don’t love to share all of their game play by plays. Find someone who played on Hope II and they may be able to give you a nice synopsis of the end of the season!
While the overpaid professionals got paid to compete in a Home Run derby, Hope III put on one of their own with Jared Daugherty, Eric Mullins, and Hugo Klaers all hitting home runs. They also racked up quite a score, beating their opponents by a score of 22-13. Then a handful of the team went out afterwards to enjoy some manly fellowship at Buster’s.
Even with the heat index at 108 degrees, Hope III sweated their way to another victory with a score of 19-2. With only one game left for the season, they were tied for first place with a record of 9 wins and 1 loss!
The last game ended in a loss but the team again enjoyed food at Buster’s after the game. The team seemed to be most thankful to have the opportunity to get to know one another better through playing the season together.
Staying steady in 3rd place in the D league, Hope IV had two very lopsided games against the number 2 team. They won the first game 14-2 and lost the second game 19-3. The team was missing two of their best players but thankfully had great reinforcements.
It was hot and humid... When it started to rain a bit one could hardly notice a difference. But... they won two in a row 16-4, 15-8. Not bad!
Two wins to finish the season: 14-7 and a come from behind 17-14 win. The team was happy to be seeded second in the end of the season tournament due to their good record. Manager / Pastor Trike made his first games of the season (and became playoff eligible) and brought the chatter to the infield that they were missing.