BookPeople vs. 'Chronicle' and Emo's vs. Waterloo

Two games, two fields, two totally different outcomes

Emo's – undefeatable
Emo's – undefeatable (by Courtesy of Emo's Softball Team)

Two games. Two fields. Two totally different outcomes. As goes the action of the Alternative Softball League this week. The Chronicle’s chokefest on Monday, June 23, moved them to the bottom of the league standings. And on Tuesday, June 24, the once easily beatable Emo’s became undefeatable.

Well, I don't have much to write about the first game of the week because I was playing in it and was unable to actually take notes – too into the action, you know. It doesn't really matter though, because if I had, they would be indecipherable anyway – probably just a stream of angry jargon with some unsavory words thrown in for good measure. It was a blowout, and we had two injuries: Logan hurt his wrist on an attempted catch, and Charlie severely pulled his hamstring but at least got a run out of it. Yep, we lost. BookPeople kicked the hell out of us – seriously, we lost 13-28. Fifteen runs. Can you believe it? I'm blaming it on the fact that we had an "off" night. But not to worry, we have practice this Sunday, so we won't suck so badly next time. Congrats, BookPeople.

The second game of the week was Emo's vs. Waterloo Records. Emo’s had the home-team advantage and thereby was last up to bat. The game was neck-and-neck the whole time, with both teams playing great offensively and defensively. I arrived a little late, at the top of the third inning to be precise, but didn't miss too much. The game was pretty back and forth the whole time, with neither team taking too much of a lead.

Top of the eighth and Waterloo up to bat, Chris Anderson sends the ball bouncing through center field and over the heads of Emo’s players, and a shout came from the defense’s dugout, “You better save that shit for the circus.” But the three-ring tricks didn’t cramp Emo’s style – the inning ended with their team in the lead.

Going into the ninth, Emo’s was up 11-9, and after a few at-bats, Waterloo had runners on first and second with two outs. The third out followed shortly after, and there was no need to play the bottom of the ninth. It looks like all that practice has paid off for Emo’s. Great game.

Be sure to check out the ASL's MySpace page for fairly up-to-date stats and schedules: Hope to see y'all out at the games.

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