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The first bit of sun

May 9, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
I am a paler complected individual who has the tendency to turn as bit cherry-like when I get my first sunburn of the season. This year is no different.

On Saturday, I helped my parents with the final preparations on their softball diamond before practice begins Monday. I knew it was going to be sunny, but I didn’t figure I would be out long enough to do any real damage. Boy, was I wrong!

Here's why. Saturday ended up serving two purposes. I helped with the field, but my sister was home for Mother's Day weekend and she decided it would be a great time to practice hitting flies and grounders. Trish is going to be an assistant softball coach this summer for Chariton, and she doesn't want to show up the first day and not be prepared. So I became her target.

We started with fly balls. I was never an outfielder in my playing days but I know how to track down the ball. However, when the person hitting them isn't used toit, you can get in quite a work out. It's not in my nature to just let the ball drop if I can get there, so I did my best to catch all that I could. (I don't envy outfielders at all.)

Next came grounders. These are more of my forte because of all my years as a third basemen. I started out at my position but then was requested to take up the rest of the infielding positions for additional hitting practice. I haven't taken that many grounders since I graduated high school!

Over all it was a fun day. It was great to be outside and on a softball field to boot. I may have paid for it with the sunburn, but the first is always the worst. Bring on the rest of summer!


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