Games 13-14 Report

Well, we couldn’t keep the winning streak, BUT we ruined someone else’s, so I’ll take it.

We split the series with a 4-2 loss and a 11-10 roller coaster of a victory that ended our opponents 7 game winning streak. We couldn’t pull the bats together for the first game, but they showed up the second game for sure.

Aside from pinch running in the fifth inning, I didn’t play the first game, but I caught the entire 3 hour second game.

(My feet wanted to die.)

No errors or passed balls on defense for me, and I threw out a girl trying to steal third like a dumbie. I was 2-3 batting with a ground out, walk, and two hits. I ran in the winning run from a sac fly in the bottom of the 7th, and I also had 2 stolen bases.

However, the whole game was back and forth with the lead. We would score a bunch, they would score a bunch… It was madness. We helped them out with some errors, but I’ll give them credit. They had some good hitters. All in all though, I still think we made them look much better than they are.

(The umpires [once again] didn’t cut us any breaks.)

Nonetheless, yesterday was another crazy one for the books. I guess you could say we like to keep things… Exciting. Or make them look extremely ugly.. Take your pick.

Next games are Tuesday away, but the rain might get us, and then we travel again next weekend to play in a tournament.

On to the next ones!

[Record: 7-7, Batting Average: (11-36) .306]

Games 11-12 Report

I’ve been behind the times lately on my blog, so I apologize to you lovely people!

We had games 11 and 12 yesterday, and we continued our winning streak to five games. (We’re also back at a .500 record!)

We won our first game 15-1 after five innings and our second game 12-9.

Our first game was rather uneventful,  aside from our runnings of the bases. I was DP as usual, and I was 0-2 batting with two ground outs and a walk.

Our second game was also uneventful until the top of the fifth inning. We were up 11-0, and all we had to do was get 3 outs for the run rule.

Between a few hits and many errors, they ended up scoring 9 runs, but we put up one more run in the bottom of the fifth and held them two more innings for the win. 

I caught the second game, and I was 1-3 with two ground outs, a hit (which I though was an error because the third baseman kicked it), and a walk.

(To be completely honest, my batting drives me damn nuts… By the end of the second game, it took everything in my power not to throw my helmet and scream at the top of my lungs.)

But alas, (though it was ugly) wins are wins, and tomorrow is a new game day.

On to the next ones!

[Record: 6-6, Batting Average: (9-33) .273]

Tournament Report (Games 7-10)

The weather was about all that went well our first game yesterday. We played a scrappy team out of Kansas with a pretty good pitcher, and we could NOT catch a break.

The game lasted 11 innings with 4 innings of ITB, and we ended up losing 7-5. I was DP until the 7th inning, and then I went in to catch the rest of the game. I was 0-2 batting with hard ground ball down the right field line the first baseman snagged, two walks, a sac bunt, and a chopper to the 2nd baseman.

However, things turned a complete 180 in the second game. We played another team from Kansas, and we run ruled them 11-0 after 5 innings. I caught the entire game, and I was 2-3 batting with a push bunt for a base hit, a pop up, and a two run triple.

(I definitely got my cardio in with a run from 1st base to home and my triple. I also probably gave my coach a heart attack because he didn’t send me to 3rd on my triple. I just blew through 2nd base.. *awkward laugh*)

Today, we played the same team we beat yesterday night. We beat them again 6-1. I caught the entire game and threw a girl out stealing. (Shoutout to my shortstop for hanging with my questionable throw.)

I was 0-2 batting with what would have been a bat hit had the pitcher not gloved it, a sac bunt, and a rocket right to the center fielder. (Just my luck.)

Our second game today was against a third team from Kansas. We beat them 5-0. I was DP and 2-3 batting with two base hits to right field and a fly ball to center.

Regardless, I cannot tell you how proud I am of my ladies. I had a feeling that it would only take one game to turn things around for us, and look what happened! We’re going to play hard and surprise some people this year.

Next games are away Tuesday, but we’re keeping an eye on the weather.

On to the next ones!

[Record: 4-6, Batting Average: (8-28) .286)

Tough Luck Tuesday

I had class at 9:25 AM. It was the normal “lecture and discussion” routine.

After class, I went down to the library to chip away at a paper for my online class due Thursday.

Around 11:00, I left the library to go get lunch, and as soon as I walked out the door, I knew it would be an interesting day.

It was game day, and the chilly wind was a’wippin’ and a’whirlin’. (I wasn’t amused.)

I had McAlister’s for lunch. Half Spud Max, half regular chili (their veggie chili is better though), and a big ol’ cup of sweet tea. *warm and fuzzy feelings*

After eating, I headed back to the school for my games.

We played a good D2 team, but the games were exhibition, so they didn’t count.

I kept book the first game, and we lost 7-0.

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The shenanigans started in between the games.

I went for a bathroom break and discovered “shark week” arrived… a day early.

I made due, but once again… I wasn’t amused.

I caught the second game, but it was weird from the get go.

Their lead off batter hit a ground ball to our pitcher, aaaaaand she ended up with an in the park home run. (I’ll leave it at that.)

Nothing eventful for me on the defensive side, and I was 0-3 batting. (I’m still trying to understand why I suck so much. Hopefully I’ll figure it out before the season is over. Who really knows.)

We lost 6-1. I will say, however, that I was very proud of our freshmen. One is a pitcher who threw her heart out and made some people look straight silly with some nasty change ups. The other went 2-2 batting off a pretty good pitcher, and she ran in our only run for the day.

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I headed out to my car after the games at 5:25, and my new night class started at 6:00.

I planned on driving down the road to the YMCA to shower and wash my hair before class, but that was before I only had 30 minutes.

I HATE being late. I think it is inconsiderate and rude and awkward, and it gives me anxiety. So y’all know as I’m zoomin’ down to the YMCA, I’m stressin’.

I whip into a parking spot. I’m power walking through the parking lot and down the hall of the Y with people looking at me funny. I get to the locker room, throw my extra stuff in a locker, grab some towels, get to the showers, and I quickly undress as I wait for the water to warm up… But it doesn’t. *not amused face*

I grab all my stuff, cover up in a towel, and hop over to the next shower. Thankfully, it actually had warm water.

I wash my hair furiously, turn off the water, and dry off as I decide what I’m going to do about my clothing situation… As I mentioned before, shark week came early, so all I packed was a long sleeve, bra, yoga pants, and a thong…

I made it work (after almost wiping out trying to put on my pants), and again, not amused.

I grab the rest of my stuff from the locker, power walk back down the hall, out to my car, and made it to class on time with 8 minutes to spare.

(NAILED IT!)

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The course material for my night class was interesting. I was just… struggling.

Did you know that the average attention span in a classroom is 15-20 minutes?

My night class is four hours long… He gave us a 20 minute break, but I still wanted to die.

I am the youngest person in the class by a span of anywhere from five to forty years.

A guy walked in 45 minutes late, smelling like cheap cigarettes, and decided to sit RIGHT. NEXT. TO. ME. *crazy eyes*

Know-it-all guy a.k.a. try-hard guy sat right in front of me, so I had to resist the urge to punch him in the back of the head after every comment.

SO MANY DAD JOKES.

And I was also starving. (Two halos, mixed nuts, and a cereal bar only go so far.)

Yesterday was just not my day.

Valentine’s Day 2016

After a few loads of laundry and several episodes of Man vs Food, we got fixed up and drove over to Scratch in downtown Norman for Valentine’s Day dinner.

This was our first experience at Scratch, but it gave a good impressed as soon as we walked through the door. The restaurant had modern flair but still made you feel right at home. It had an outdoor patio that would be great as a causal hang out as well, but we set inside.

We started off with cocktails. I had the Sooner Cobbler. It was sweet with a hint of thyme and garnished with a fresh blackberry. I would order it again. My boyfriend tried the Landing Gear (a little too strong for my taste) and the Whiskey Smash (like butterscotch with a touch of mint).

Scratch’s regular menu had entrees and appetizers around the $10-$20 range, but they had a special menu for the holiday. (We each got our own appetizer, entree, and dessert at a lumped price.)

They offered pea soup, tuna tartare, or kale salad as the appetizers; lamb chops, red snapper, or ratatouille as the entrees; and tres leches cake or chocolate mousse as the desserts.

I had the pea soup, ratatouille, and the chocolate mousse. My boyfriend had the tartare, red snapper, and the tres leches.

After a little salt, my pea soup was good. The texture was nice, and they threw in some fresh greens for color.

If you like cucumber, the tuna tartare is for you. It had thin slices of cucumber at the base, a ring of tuna pieces with cucumber, and then topped with their house made potato chips. The chips were great and the tuna and cucumber were fresh. It wasn’t for me, but my boyfriend licked the plate clean.

The vegetables in my ratatouille stewed perfectly, and the tomato base was to die for. It also came with a large piece of cheddar-parmesan-garlic bread on the side that my boyfriend used to sop up the sauce after I ate all the veggies.

His red snapper was a little dry but still very delicious. (He just dumped the rest of the ratatouille sauce on top to fix that problem.) It came on a bed of couscous with green olives. The taste and texture was interesting, especially with the olives, but it wasn’t bad.

While I wish the desserts were bigger, they were both amazing. The tres leches cake was soft and creamy and topped with slices of fresh strawberry. The chocolate mousse was smooth and rich but in a satisfying way. (We scooped the last bit out of the glass with our fingers. *no shame*)

And I will admit I cheated my gluten free diet by sampling the cheese bread and tres leches cake, but it was SO worth it.

After that, all we got was the check. I expected it to be expensive, but it was still more than I thought. However, their cocktails were good, and rumor has it their brunch is awesome sauce, so we’ll be back.

We left Scratch and headed to the IMAX for Deadpool. We arrived about 45 minutes before the movie, but thank God we did (and thank God I bought my tickets ahead of time). Lines stretched almost out the door, and people piled into the theater by the group full. We landed good seats on the left side half way up.

The lights dimmed and the previews rolled as the last of the lost souls attempted to find seats, and then the movie started.

It wasn’t as bad as I expected. Yeah, it was R-rated for a reason, but it wasn’t too much. Just a lot of violence (like any other [anti]hero movie) with a lot of adult humor. I don’t think I would watch it in theaters again, but it was action packed and goofy and right up my boyfriend’s alley. However, it made for a good date movie because the humor cut into the overly masculine feel that comes with some action movies. (Plus it had a romance story line and all that sappy junk.)

We ended the evening with the mid season premier of The Walking Dead. If you don’t watch it, you should. You can find Seasons 1-5 on Netflix, the first half of Season 6 on AMC.com, and the second half of Season 6 comes on Sundays at 9:00 PM on AMC.

(Don’t tell me it’s too late at night. That’s what DVR is for.)

If you like/love TWD, you should also check out the spin off series Fear the Walking Dead. The first season is on AMC.com, and the second season will come on after Season 6 of TWD ends.

I hope y’all had a great Valentine’s Day!

Games 5-6 Report

I try not to let frustration get the best of me, but it’s hard to avoid when you’re passionate about something and you can’t seem to find consistent success…

The weather was fine. Sunny with mid to high 50s and a light wind.

We lost the first game 2-0. I was DP again and 0-3 batting with two ground outs and a pop up.

We lost the second game 8-4. I was 1-2 batting with two sac bunts, a double, and a ground out to end the game. I caught, and I threw a runner out stealing at 2nd base. I almost threw the same runner out again at 3rd in a later inning, but she slid around the tag.

Next games are Tuesday at home against a very good D2 team.

We have nothing to lose, so we’ll see how it goes.

On to the next ones.

[Record: 1-5, Batting Average: (4-18) .222]

Games 3-4 Report

Let me start off by saying, “Everything hurts… And I’m dying… And it will only be worse tomorrow…”

*Crying on the inside*

We had our first home games of the season. We had the walk up songs bumpin’, the weather was perfect, and the field looked fantastic.

Our first game, we lost 1-0. I was DP again, and I hit like poop. I was 1-3 with a pop up, a base hit, and a ground out. We had a chance to put some runs on the board with the bases loaded and one out, but we got doubled up on a blooper the short stop snagged and then threw back to third to end the inning.

The bottom half of the double header though… Was a whoooole other ball game. (Pun intended.)

I was 1-4 hitting with a fly ball, check swing strike out, ground out, and a base hit. I also caught and had a diving catch and threw a bunter out at first.

We had some critical errors in the field costing us 3 or 4 runs pretty early in the game, and we weren’t hitting their second pitcher very well. We had a couple more mistakes in our execution putting them up 6-2. We finally bounced back and strung some hits together to get two more runs on the board.

It’s 6-4 going into the bottom of the 7th inning. Somehow or another (my memory lacks today…), we ended up with the bases loaded, one out, and I was on 2nd.

Batter stepped in the box…

Pitcher was ready…

She threw it in the dirt…

Passed ball…

And the catcher had NO IDEA where it went.

She looked around frantically as the ball made its way into deep foul territory near their dug out.

Our runner on 3rd base scored easily. I ran, realized the catcher still had no clue where the ball was, blew through 3rd base, ran home, and I slid head first.

I ripped off my knee caps, but I was safe.

Tied ball game 6-6.

We couldn’t score the winning run, so we went into extra innings with International Tie Breaker. (In ITB, the player who made the last out in the previous inning automatically starts on 2nd base.)

We held them in the top of the 8th inning with two runners left on base. Our runner went out to 2nd base for the bottom of the 8th, and our lead off hit a walk off home run to win 8-6.

It was CRAZY AMAZING.

Needless to say, I’m so proud of my team, and I can’t wait to see what else waits for us! Next games are Saturday at home!

On to the next ones!

[Record: 1-3, Batting Average: (3-13) .231]

Opening Day Report

I intended to blog last night after my games, but exhaustion and frozen fingers won out. Plus the wind blew away all my motivation, aside from showering and sleeping.

Anyway, as I mentioned in my Facebook post yesterday, Opening Day was bittersweet. I was (and still am) excited season started, but it is my last season. Ever.

It’s just surreal.

We played a decent D2 team with a prior 6 games under their belts opposing our none. I think that’s what really made the difference because they were not anything impressive.

They beat us 6-3 the first game and 4-3 in the last inning the second game.

Forecast: Low 40s and wind that seals your soul

Yesterday goes into my top 5 coldest days ever played. It was pretty miserable.

(HOT HANDS TO THE RESCUE!)

As for myself, I was designated player the first game (I didn’t play the field, but I batted.), and then they subbed me in the last two innings to play right field, and I started in right field the second game.

First game, I was 0-3 batting (all groundouts). Second game, I was 1-3 batting with a ground out, a base hit, and a line drive out to right.

(Which is a double in the gap anywhere else, but they had a stupid 200 ft baby field… *unamused face*)

Overall though, I was proud of my team yesterday. The other team just had a better day. I wasn’t particularly pleased with my own performance, but I didn’t strike out, and my arm didn’t feel like disconnecting at the elbow, so it could’ve been worse.

Next games are tomorrow. Our first home games, and I get to play against one of my friends from high school.

(That just means we need to kick their butts even harder. *wink*)

On to the next ones!

[Record: 0-2, Batting Average: (1-6) .167]

New Me Gluten Free!

Today marks the official start date for my new gluten free diet!

I’m anxious to see if it has any affect on my skin, but I’m also very hopeful because I really want my skin to get better, so I know I will be strict about sticking to it.

I received my Thrive groceries on Friday, and I had a chance to sample a few of the products.

I’m using the Thrive Market Organic Virgin Coconut Oil on my arms and legs as a replacement for my normal Cetaphil cream. I’ve used coconut oil before, but it didn’t have any effect, so we’ll see how it goes this time.

(At least I will always smell fabulous.)

For breakfast, I had one of the Nature’s Path Organic Chocolate Crispy Rice Cereal Bars with a glass of milk. It reminded me of a chocolate Rice Krispy Treat.

For lunch, I had leftovers of the salmon quinoa bowl with mushrooms and peppers my sister ordered from BJ’s yesterday. (I originally got the chicken quinoa bowl. I recommend both bowls, minus the tomatoes on the chicken bowl. They made the quinoa taste funny.)

Dinner was carrots, the Krave Black Cherry Barbecue Pork Jerky, and string cheese.

As I type, I munch on the Angie’s Boomchickapop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn. I also decided to be brave and sample the Pacific Natural Foods Unsweetened Almond Beverage right out of the bottle. It actually isn’t too bad. It’s smooth like regular milk… Just with a funky after taste.

I tried the Gimme Roasted Seaweed Snacks as well… I describe them as “spinach paper with salt and a hint of fishiness.” (I made my sister try one, and she said they tasted like “skin flakes”. *literally laughed out loud*)

Honest Green Tea, mixed nuts, another cereal bar, and possibility an apple for breakfast tomorrow. I’m thinking Pei Wei for lunch. (If you’ve never been, GO. Get the Teriyaki Chicken over Brown Rice.) For dinner, I’m going to make the Ancient Harvest Quinoa Penne Pasta and the Jovial: Organic Crushed Tomatoes into a pasta dish with baked chicken, and then I’ll probably look up some Pinterest recipes for rest of the week.

(I still have some Spouts grocery shopping to do anyway.)

I have a dermatologist’s appointment February 23rd, so I have about three weeks to test this gluten intolerance theory. If my skin starts to clear up, I can cancel my appointment and stick to being gluten free. If not, who knows what mystery my dermatologist will uncover. *nonchalant shrug* All in God’s timing, I guess!