Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Biggest Softball Test

The Author of this post is Herman Barry

I'm about to play in the biggest softball tournament of my life. It's being held at Cherry Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In case you're not familiar with this complex, it's not only gorgeous, but the most competitive softball arena in the south. If you have never played here, it would be difficult to comprehend what goes on. Everyone is a stellar athlete, all the bats are shaved to the high heavens, juiced balls are used, and there is a ton of trash talking. This is not a place for the average recreational player. You must show up with incredible focus. On offense, you must be prepared for short pitching. The pitchers are so good that they will put it right on the border of a strike and a ball at your feet. This means it's tough to hit, but if you don't swing, you will either fall behind in the count or be called out on strikes. On defense, you better be on your toes. Balls are hit like rockets. Playing infield here is dangerous. And playing outfield requires an excellent first step.

That morning is going to be interesting. I'm going to eat a healthy breakfast, set my home security alarm from, and drive to the game with no music. I want to be 100% focused. These tournaments are the ultimate test for softball reputations. I'm hoping to at least pass.

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