I'll start with the one run game. My daughter's team lost their best pitcher to a broken nose (requiring surgery, no less) shortly before the end of the season. So for the playoffs, the team ended up having to rely on a girls that just started pitching this season or that hadn't pitched all season. All of the girls that ended up pitching deserve a lot of credit because pitching is not an easy job (I never wanted to pitch when I was younger), The game went back and forth with a lot of great hitting, fielding and a great play at the plate by the catcher to get an out for our team (it was my daughter and since I missed the play I thought I would give it a shout out). My daughter's team finally prevailed 10-9. I wish I had more details but my attention was split between the 2 games and they were both so compelling that it was hard to leave one to watch the other one. It's funny, you would think that having 2 games going on at once would double the enjoyment but really it halves it. As much as I tried, I kept missing things because I was at the other game, whichever other game that it was, it seemed like I was always at the wrong one. At least they were at the same complex so I only had to walk a short way.
The other game was a doozy (that word just popped into my head, do people even say doozy anymore?). My daughter's team was not too optimistic about their chances because the other team was undefeated and had already beaten our girls twice. Plus there was a potential conflict because of an 8th grade dance that was scheduled to start at 7:00 and with a 5:45 game start, it could well have an impact. My daughter's team had 4 8th graders that wanted to go while the other team had 2. If our girls left to attend, then they would have to forfeit. Well it ended up being an a nail biter. It went back and forth for the first 5 innings. The in the bottom of the 5th, the other team took the lead by one run. Then in the top of the 6th, our girls scored 3 runs to put them up by 2. Then in the bottom of the inning, the other team scraped together 2 runs to tie the game until our shortstop made a sensational catch to end the inning. At this point it was probably about 7:15, decision time. Play on or go to the dance? Our girls decided that there was no shame in forfeiting at this point. They could leave the field knowing that they had given it their all and they could still make it to the dance. The best of both worlds in a tough situation.
Here's some pictures from both games: