This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to a softball tournament with my team – The Outlaws! yes it’s still my team even though I only played the first 8 games of the season. I got to every game and help coach a little and keep score. The weekend was a blast!
The weekend started out with us going 2-1 in the round robin portion of the tournament. The game we lost was fairly close at least and one of the games we won was 22-1! The other game we won was 10-4 against the Portland Shockwave (football team masquerading as softball players for the weekend). The first three games were purely for placement. After that we started double elimination bracket play. We had to play 2 more games on Saturday (5 total!) and won our first two bracket games – including a 2 run squeaker against a really tough upper division team from our league that beat us 16-6 earlier in the season.
Out first game Sunday was against the Portland Shockwave who had a buy in one of their first games. How did they get the buy and not us if we beat them? Didn’t make sense. They squeaked out a win by 2 runs. No excuses on our part – just wasn’t in our cards – but they were at least 1 game more rested than us We also lost the second game of the day by a few runs so were out. We had to get to our second game of the day by like 12:10 and it was 12:10 when we found out. We hustled our asses from the end of one game right to the other field. I was still working on the lineup when we started batting. It was insane. We had to take an out for our #2 hitter because she was in the bathroom and not ready. Was it fair that we were so rushed and they other team wasn’t? Not really, but that’s the way the ball bounces.
Ironically, the championship game was among those two teams that had just beat us. I honestly don’t think either was any better than our team but you win some and lose some. At least we were the only team to beat the eventual tournament winners (in our bracket) – The Portland Shockwave. It’s gotta feel good for that bunch of football players to take home a softball trophy. That’s some good versatlity.
Today I had a PT appointment and things are looking really good. My limp is about 99% gone. I need to do some hip work still. My knee strength in my injured knee is about 95% of the non injured knee and has really good stability. My knee flexion is slowly getting better and up to 130 degrees now. It was 57 after my injury , 120 before surgery and about 107 after. My non injured knee is 150 degrees so there is a bit of work to do there still.
Still no jumping, pivoting or twisting allowed but I am walking, cycling, stair climbing and doing elliptical. I get to start “running” in two more weeks if all is going well! Next doc checkup – 3 more weeks.
Happy Running & Dirty Feet,