Reported by Ng Wee Yang
Edited by Celine Yeap
Results of softball first preliminary round : KE vs TH: lost 8-11
The first preliminary round for KE7 males softball team in Inter-Hall Games (IHG) was held on the 7th of January. This time, the team faces off players from Temasek Hall (TH). The game officially started at 2pm but our team was busy warming up for the games even before the game starts. The weather was unforgiving and scorching but our team still soldiered on. Firstly, a brief introduction to what is softball about.Softball is played between 2 teams on a large field, with nine to 14 players from one team on the field at a time. There are 4 bases on the infield (first base, second base, third base, and home plate). Near the centre of the field is the pitcher’s circle, and within the circle is the “rubber”, a small flat rectangular piece of rubber about a foot and a half in length. The object of the game is to score more runs (points) than the other team by batting(hitting) a ball into play and running around the bases, touching each one in succession. The game is played in a series of innings, usually seven. Each inning is divided into a top half and a bottom half indicating which team is playing which role. The offense bats and attempts to score runs, while the defense occupies the field and attempts to record outs in a variety of ways. After the defense records 3 outs, the half inning is over and the teams switch roles.
The game started at around 2:20pm but before our players got into their positions, they sang the hall song to boost their morale. This reporter could sense the strong team spirit and camaraderie of the KE7 softball team. Issac was the first pitcher for the first half of the first inning. He started by throwing the ball in an underhand manner. Issac was an extraordinary pitcher as he scored many points by managing to throw the ball into the home plate consecutively in an underhand manner. According to the rules of softball, a pitch must cross the plate within an area known as the strike zone, which is the area between the knees and the shoulders, and it must be within certain height restrictions. Therefore, the ability to score many points as a pitcher is no easy feat. KE7 team was so successful in the first half of the first inning that a “Mercy Rule” was implemented as KE7 was well ahead of TH at that time. The second half of the first inning was a good one as we were leading with an overall score of 7-5.
However, by the second inning, Temasek hall began to catch up and our team began to make a few careless mistakes. The team from TH was able to score one point but our team made two pitching mistakes and therefore another two points given to TH; the overall score for the first half of the 2nd inning stood thus at 8-7 with TH leading with one point. Despite this minor setback, the team’s spirits remained high and their captain constantly encouraged them. During the second half of the 2nd inning, KE7 managed to catch up with TH with by scoring some “runs”. A “run” is scored when a player has touched all four bases in order, proceeding counter -clockwise around them. The team’s morale was constantly bolstered by the initial victories. Despite these victories, the softball captain constantly reminded the team that the game was not yet over and that they should not be complacent.
However, by the third and fourth inning, TH began to catch up and our team was a little unlucky. Our team could have scored some “runs” if not for one of players accidentally throwing the bat before running to another base. I guess it is due to some of players being overanxious to win and not calm enough. The third and fourth inning was won by TH with a score of 11-7 and 11-8 respectively; bringing our final score to 8-11. After the game, I had the opportunity to interview some of our players. They felt that they fought hard and tried their best but they were nervous and made careless mistakes as the game went by. They have the confidence that with more experience, the nervousness would go away eventually. The next softball game is between KE and EH; let’s hope that KE7 would do much better than before and let’s show our support for our team!