A Trip Around the Infield | Photographs with the Sony 400mm f2.8 G Master

This past Sunday Kate’s softball team played in a tournament in Irvine.

During warm-ups though, she caught a ball on her right hand — her throwing hand — and she was unable to play in the field. It was a deep bruise and very painful. It kept her from playing defense.

But she did bat twice.

The first time, she popped out to the catcher on the first pitch. She winced in pain and was in tears walking back to the dugout. More ice on the hand.

I didn’t think she would play again but she did bat during the team’s final at bat.

First attempt — a bunt —she laid one down but it went foul.

The second was a soft infield hit and she ran for first hard (as usual). A throwing error to first resulted in her getting safely to second. She then stole third and then came home on another teammate’s hit.

Unfortunately the team lost by one run but I was very proud of the way she gutted it out and made something happen by sheer hustle and determination.