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The Been Brothers Won't Let Us Forget This Softball Loss

There are a trio of brothers (I suppose they could be called sisters as well, but the alliteration of Bs sounds better) who come into play when an athletic team loses a close game. They made an appearance at the Chargers' softball game with Madrid last night. And they're still hanging around this morning. And they won't really ever go away. This observer knows from fifteen years of coaching softball that brothers Coulda, Woulda, and Shoulda Been will raise their ugly heads when certain tough losses are brought up in conversation--even years later.

The ACGC softball team was involved in one of those games last night--a game we Coulda won if we Woulda done this and we Shoulda done that. Despite the Been Brothers, the Chargers played one of their best games of the season. It was what good softball looks like.

Charger pitcher Savana Fuller and Tiger pitcher Erica Bruns were locked in a dual that was a pleasure to observe. Fuller had allowed just six base runners through the first five innings while Bruns had allowed just two Chargers to get on base over the same period. So after five complete, Madrid held a 1-0 lead.

The Chargers threatened in the sixth inning when Jadeyn Carrick was hit by pitch and Sophie Dorsey walked with one out. The potential rally didn't end well when Carrick got picked off at second base for the second out and Sierra O'Brien struck out. What Coulda Been if...?

The Tigers picked an unearned run in the sixth inning to make it 2-0. ACGC had one more at bat to claim the prize. With the heart of the order coming to the plate, Charger fans were hopeful for a comeback. It started well. Mady Kelsey's double was followed by Savana Fuller's single, but pinch runner Rylie Wetzel was called out at third in a controversial call. Charger coaches and fans alike think she Shoulda Been called safe. So, it Coulda Been runners at the corners with no outs. Instead, a runner on first and one out.

Genevieve Hoover's single moved the elder Fuller to third. Tori Fuller than drove in her sister with a bunt single--the fourth consecutive ACGC hit. Now the Chargers have pinch runner Saige O'Brien on third and Tori Fuller on first. Chargers trail, 2-1. One out.

Jorja Hoover at the plate. Hoover's bunt is fielded by Madrid pitcher Bruns who throws out Jorja at first. O'Brien then gets caught in a run down between third and home and is tagged out before she can safely get back to third. The double play ended the game and ACGC loses 2-1. Maybe O'Brien Shoulda Been further off third on Hoover's bunt. Maybe she Coulda scored. Maybe Jorja Shoulda hit away instead of bunting.

See what I mean about the Been Brothers? They just won't let go. It can drive a player, or a coach, or even a fan nuts. Coaches and maybe fans remember the Been Brothers longer than players. Kids are resilient. They bounce back because they get to play ball again!! Those of us in the bleachers are all Has Beens--the fourth Been Brother. Our playing and coaching days are over. But the girls get to play again. And if they continue to play as well as they have in recent games, it will be a pleasure for we Has Beens to watch them play. Go Chargers!

Kelsey led the Charger hitting with two hits including her double. Four other Chargers each got one hit. Savana Fuller turned in an outstanding performance in the circle, as she scattered six hits, struck out five and did not issue a single free pass.

Next up is varsity doubleheader at league leading Pleasantville on Thursday with the first game scheduled for 5:30.

Score by inning:

ACGC 000 000 1--1 6 3

Madrid 010 001 x--2 6 0

Charger Box Score


Dorsey 2 0 0 0

Coffman 0 0 0 0

SiOB'rien 3 0 0 0

Kelsey 3 0 2 0

Wetzel 0 0 0 0

SFuller 3 1 1 0

GHoover 3 0 1 0

SaO'Brien 0 0 0 0

TFuller 3 0 1 1

JHoover 3 0 0 0

Young 2 0 0 0

Carrick 1 0 0 0

Pitching: IP H R ER SO BB

Fuller 6 6 2 1 5 0

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