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A different look
September 5, 2012 - Pam Rodgers
I have been playing softball since I was two. I learned at back yard wiffleball. Started little league in second grade and played every summer until I graduated high school. Now I play slow pitch.
Since I can remember, I played third base. I love that position. The nickname “the hot corner” is very appropriate. It has been tested many times in my years of play.
Tuesday night, I was a sub on my brother’s co-ed softball team. They needed me to play rover, which we used as an additional infield position.
It thought "perfect." I’ve been an infielder all my life. It would be an easy switch. I took my position close to second base. You wouldn’t think moving 60 feet to the left would look much different but it did. The basics are all the same, but it sure felt like the ball took a long time to get there.
(Logically I know that I was playing farther from home so yes the ball had to travel more to get to me but logic isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when you are in the middle of the game. You mainly rely on fundamentals and instincts. But I digress.)
Anyway, as I took the field. I ask our shortstop where I should stand and he shows me a general area to be. First pitch, first batter, she hits a weak grounder past the pitcher headed straight for me. I charge, field the ball and throw to first. She was called safe. I was playing to deep in the infield; so, I wasn’t able to get the batter out at first.
OK, trial and error, I scooted up closer to the bag. I didn’t get much action at rover the rest of the game. However in the bottom of the seventh inning, our team was up by four runs. The ball was hit to me. I bobbled it a little but from my new position, I was still able to pick it up and throw it to first to get the out. We were able to get the other two outs, and we ended the game victorious.
While third base will always be my favorite, I guess rover in slow pitch is OK too. I’m just glad I was able to make the proper adjustments to help our team win.