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Thursday, August 05, 2021

A life lesson ..... at Harbour Ball

Last night the Caveman learned a life lesson.....at Harbour Ball of all places.

His U16 West Carleton Junior Electric team, plus a few reinforcements including Fitzroy Junior, have joined the Fitzroy Harbour Men's Fastball League and had their first official game last night.

The boys played well, and the game was close. The Caveman was the closer, throwing the three final innings, allowing two (unearned) runs, two hits, walking two and striking out six, including one guy who went down swinging on a Lahey-like change up that had the whole crowd - even the other team - cheering.

Going into the bottom of the seventh, the Junior Trics were down 8-6, due to the aforementioned two unearned runs in the top of the frame. The first two batters struck out, bringing up the Caveman's buddy B.A. to the plate. He doesn't hit a lot but he's fast, and he legged out an infield single. Next up, the Caveman sliced an offhand double to left field to cash a run and make it 8-7. 

The kids were excited - could the young lads win their first men's game? The next batter was Calabogie D who has been swinging a hot bat. He hit a soft single to left. Caveman came into third as fast as he could (not fast) and rounded the base as the coach (his dad) was watching the left fielder come in quickly to pick up the ball. With the coach putting up a big stop sign, the boys on the third base bench were screaming "go go go".

So, despite the stop sign from the coach, the Caveman tried to score - and was thrown out by 15 feet to end the game. 

Lesson: when in this situation and having to decide whether to listen to a group of sweaty teenagers yelling, or your coach with both hands up telling you to stop, listen to your coach.

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