Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baseball Close Calls

Yesterday evening ominous dark clouds glowered on the horizon as we made our way to the ball field. After two cancelled games last week and what seemed like a week of solid rain we were not optimistic for the evening's prospects. At game time, however, the sun broke through... and we've had beautiful weather ever since!

The sunshine did present some challenges for photographing the game, though. Early on the outfield was cast in shadows while the batter's box and parents' row were still bathed in bright sunlight. So, as I shifted around the field I was constantly adjusting settings to try and get exposures right.

It's a pity the coach pitch league doesn't allow instant review of some of the calls, 'cause I captured some pivotal plays where the call on the field may have been overturned under review!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from what turned out to be quite an exciting game. These kids are really coming along!

There was no question that this second baseman edged out the runner in a clutch play.

Same runner. Same call. But didn't he really beat the shortstop to the bag?

Here the runner took a ball to the helmet to avoid the out!

This was a close call. If the 3rd baseman has a foot on the bag then the out called on the field stands!

This was a close play that turned out not to be once the ball was discovered in the dirt instead of in the 1st baseman's glove. Our first base coach hasn't spotted the ball yet here...

Runner called out. Is the ball in that glove?

Here's an amazing play shaping up. Until...
(See next photo)

Noooooooo! The luckiest base runner of the game got away with one here when they bobbled this ball. We'll work on this next practice.

Now for the artistic shots. This may well be too many pictures for one post... What are you gonna do?

Hit it to me.

Stealing bases. Fine.
Stealing the base ball? Fun!

Two good-looking parents, too good-looking to leave out.

The aftermath.

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