High School Softball

All the schools in the area are on Spring Break right now.  In typical midwest fashion, the weather isn’t even remotely spring-like, and there’s still snow on the ground in a lot of places.  In spite of all that, Geneva High School still managed to get Logan St. Field in a playable condition for a mid-day double header with Wheaton North.  The parents and fans in the stands were all wrapped in blankets and the girls were doing everything possible to keep warm before taking the field.

pitcher warming up

pitcher warming up

The game was being played at Geneva because Wheaton’s field was not in a playable condition.  It still took the grounds grew an additional hour to get the field reasonably dry.  There was some confusion since Wheaton North was technically the “home” team for this double header.  Normally, parents from the home team will bring food for all the players for after the game.  This time parents from both teams brought food for the players, making for quite the post game feast.

taking a pitch

taking a pitch

The parents are a good natured bunch, but in true suburban fashion, they multitask during the game.  One mom reviews financial documents while the other team bats.  Kids at the game incessantly check their iPhones.  Hardly anyone is completely focused on the game being played.

on the mound

on the mound

throwing some high heat

throwing some high heat

Like teams everywhere, the players have a definite bond with each other.  They cheer each other on and are very supportive of one another.  It was a bit odd that most of the time they cheer each other on by number instead of by name.  Shouts of “come on number 7!” or “let’s go 2 1!” are heard throughout the game.  But it’s still all baseball, and I love it in any form it takes.

Wheaton North in the field

Wheaton North in the field

the delivery

the delivery

 

beating the relay throw into 2nd base

beating the relay throw into 2nd base

getting the signals from her coach

getting the signals from her coach

on deck

on deck

field perspectives

field perspectives

 

 

 

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