It felt great to go the distance. Bracket final. Sunday afternoon. Seven innings. A game over two hours long.
This was softball.
If Jersey Outlaws Premier was going to have its 18-game unbeaten streak end, this was the right way. The Outlaws made it to their bracket final at the Outlaws East Coast Showdown before falling 5-3 to NJ Heist Gold. It was against the same talented pitcher and opponent whom coach Dan Berg’s squad beat 2-0 to open the tournament on Saturday.
Overall, the Outlaws went 3-1-1, also defeating Rock Gold Waye/Gaskill, 6-2 (a fun Abbi Markee vs. Hailei Markee sister matchup), tying New Jersey Venom Coladonato, 2-2, and beating Outlaws Fastpitch from Pennsylvania, 8-1.
In the final, the Outlaws fell behind 2-0 to the Heist, scored three times to take the lead and then lost, 5-3. It ended a strong stretch of play in which they went 17-0-1 and left them at 19-2-1, thrilled to be playing strong 18U competition and in exhilarating games.