TWIS Notes, under normal circumstances would be published within a week of competition. Our final challenge in Kirkland was a conclusion of one of the most remarkable streaks in the history of team sports; professional or amateur. It has taken this long; and quite possibly longer to ponder its significance in years to follow.
We finished the round robin format in our customary position; perched on top of the leader board. Statistics are an integral part of athletic competition. It dates back to the first game ever invented; bowling; which reaches back to when people had three fingers. It is the barometer of how a team is performing. It allows for changes, even of narrowest proportions to be made in order to achieve success.
Statistics were thrown out the window in our finals against Cote-St-Luc.
The heart and character of a team is arguably, the most significant intangible in achieving success. This group used this attribute as a weapon. We are down 3-0 after a ½ inning. Our turn at bat has Kathleen leading off with a walk. Purdon follows up with a single up the middle scoring Munchkin. Two down, when Barb and So hit back/back JACKS allowing us to take a 4-3 lead. A see-saw battle with exceptional defense from both teams leads us to the 7th inning as we are down 8-5……………. Colette, our ALL WORLD Pitcher leads off with a single. KJ forces Co at 2nd. One out, one on. Mary singles to Center, but a gem of a play by CSL’s Tara forces KJ at 2nd. Two out, one on. Kathleen singles to center allowing Mary to reach 2nd. 2 out, tying run at bat. Purdon reaches on an error, allowing Mary to score. 8-6; two on, two out. Aruna SMOKES a double to CF, allowing Munchkin to score. 8-7. two on, two out. Beaker is intentionally walked. Bases loaded! Barb rifles a shot up the middle, and only a majestic play by their SS, do they go on to beat us by the narrowest of margins. We go down 8-7, in 79m, in one of the best softball games on record, which ended our string of 10 consecutive championships.
It was evident that we were all disappointed. We had fought hard against a vastly improved team of which we were unaccustomed. It took EVERYTHING they had in order to beat us. We actually out hit CSL by a 15-13 margin CSL was better then us by one play.
“It is far better to lose by one run then to win by 20.” (Nancy Purdon; September 9, 2012)
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Coach Wayne. He has never missed a team game dating back to 2006. He constantly works on his line-up, making minor adjustments, in order to improve ourselves.
You might have noticed that I hover quietly during these tournaments. As someone with no direct ties to any player through relation, or family ties; I reflect how absolutely lucky it is to be in this position. Your play, conduct and friendships over the years have reached plateaus which far exceed the white lines. Your husbands, girlfriends, kids, family members, friends and fans have become friends because of you. I often remind myself that coaching you ladies are the best 12 days of my year. This, to me, is as good as it gets!
Ladies, and gent, this concludes a chapter in one of the most successful runs in athletics. Stand up! Raise a glass! And be comfortable in the knowledge that this team can last as long as your desire for it to continue! ROYALS FEVER (2007-2012) CATCH IT!!!
Til we meet again, Have fun, stay young, drink lots of beer, and speak highly of me!
2007-2012 (Chapter 1)