I am absolutely delighted to let you know that Julie's team, the Des Plaines Rand Red Hots / Red Warriors won the league championship tonight, coming from behind to beat the Morton Grove Dolphins by a final score of 3-2 in eight innings. It was another remarkable game on a brutally hot evening, with lots of great pitching and defense and just enough timely hitting to get by.
The game was running long and there was another game scheduled on the field after ours, so in the eighth inning each team was allowed to start the inning with a runner on second. This is an amazingly scary prospect, especially after we had escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh. (And while I had a quick plan for how to arrange the lineup in the seventh inning, I had to devise a way to arrange the lineup in a legal way for the eighth so that we would be ready to play the ninth inning if the game went that far, so I was using all of my remaining brain cells about then. :) ) But our pitchers (Kylie, Alexis, and Ava) did a great job all game, including in the extra innings where Kylie and Alexis held the opposition scoreless. And with a runner starting on second in the bottom of the eighth, then advancing to third on an infield hit, the winning run was finally able to score when Julie put the ball in play off the opposing pitcher (not off of coach pitch!) to bring Kylie home on an infield out.
It was an incredible game.
And I am so proud of all of these girls.