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Hanover Softball Blog, Spring 2014

April 14th: WIN 14-10

Several Development Associates, Sales Associates, and one Sales Director have come together to form a softball team. We play every Monday on the National Mall in United Social Sports’ DC Spring Softball League. On April 14th we won our first game in a hard fought battle against Harper’s Ferry. We battled back from trailing 5-0 in the 1st inning to win 14-10. Jonah Klees had a stellar game on the mound, while the offense poured it on. The turning point in the game was a grand slam by Francis Dejonckheere. All of the other runs were just icing on the cake.

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April 21st: LOSS 13-5

On April 21st we played the undefeated Camel Slugs in a battle for first place in the league. Unfortunately for us, their high-octane offense and stout defense kept the game out of reach as well fell short 13-5. However we did show glimpses of brilliance. Shilpa Ahlawat and Erica Jenkins both collected their first hits of the season in the top of the 5th, and Nick Zaremba followed up with a grand slam. We hope to learn from our mistakes and build off of this game as we head into the heart of our schedule.

Adrianna Libutti prepares to take a swing in Hanover's loss to the Camel Slugs
Adrianna Libutti prepares to take a swing in Hanover’s loss to the Camel Slugs

April 28th: WIN 9-8

Our game on April 28th against Banana Slugfest gave us the chance to redeem ourselves after the tough loss the week before. The game did not get off to a good start. As the rain fell, the Banana Slugfest jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the 2nd inning. At this point, many teams would have packed it in, and admitted defeat. However, there is no quit in the Hanover Hitta’s Softball Club. Francis Dejonckheere locked it in on the mound, while our offense slowly started to chip away at the lead. Jonah Klees, Francis Dejonkheere, John Erik Sunder, Nolan Burger, Erica Jenkins all contributed with hits in the epic comeback. Heading in to the bottom of the 5th – the last inning – we trailed by only 2 runs, 8-6. As the rain really began to pour, Adrianna Libutti led off the inning with a walk. Jonah Klees then batted in Libutti with a triple to deep left field cutting the lead to 1. Francis tied the score with another triple to tie the game. With no outs and a runner on 3rd, Brooke Weimer hit a hard ball to shortstop as Francis dashed for home. It was a close play at the plate, but Francis dove in safe, ensuring the comeback win. This win was a great win for us, and it showed that the Hanover Hitta’s are one of the toughest teams in the league.

Francis Dejonckheere gets helped up after a close play at 2nd base
Francis Dejonckheere gets helped up after a close play at 2nd base
Nolan Burger prepares to bat in Hanover's comeback win
Nolan Burger prepares to bat in Hanover’s comeback win
Brooke Weimer prepares to get the game-winning hit
Brooke Weimer prepares to get the game-winning hit
The Hanover Hitta's together after their 9-8 win over Banana Slugfest
The Hanover Hitta’s together after their 9-8 win over Banana Slugfest

May 5th: WIN 13-8

Going into this game against No Runs, No Hits, No Problems, we knew that we were the superior team, and we showed it with our performance. Francis Dejonkheere provided another solid performance on the mound, while the defense did not let one single ball get behind them in the outfield. Our offense never let up on the gas pedal. Nick Zaremba let the way with 2 home runs, while every other member of the team got at least one hit. The only contentious time in the game came in the last inning. Heading into the inning, we were leading 13-4, but No Runs gradually started to chip away with hard base hits. With 2 outs and the bases loaded we were all biting our nails, when their best hitter came to the plate. We all held our breath as he roped a screaming line drive to the left of John Erik Sunder – who had taken one off of the head earlier in the game. But without hesitation, John Erik stuck out his glove and made the diving catch to secure the victory. We are 3-1 now, and the secret is out that the Hanover Hitta’s are the real deal.

Nick Zaremba looks to the batter before a rainstorm approaches
Nick Zaremba looks to the batter before a rainstorm approaches
Jenn Sague gets ready before a pitch
Jenn Sague gets ready before a pitch
Francis Dejonckheere makes a pitch while John Erik Sunder awaits
Francis Dejonckheere makes a pitch while John Erik Sunder awaits

May 12th: LOSS 13-7

We came into this game against the Freedom Partners with only 8 players, and despite a valiant effort, we fell 13-7. Due to our short-handed team, several players had to try new positions which proved to be an immense challenge. However despite the outcome, there was a silver lining. Heading into the 5th inning we were down 10-1, but the team rallied and got us back into the game. I am confident that with a full team, this energy will carry over into the next game, as we battle for a spot in the playoffs.

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