Ace Of The Pitching Staff … #22, Brittany

The latest “Leader’s List” was released for the week of Feb 17-23, 2009, and my mlblog, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”, dropped a few spots to #22.

But, that’s okay. It is always a great honor to be on the “Leader’s List”, and, also, it gives me an opportunity to dedicate my #22 ranking number in honor of my niece, Brittany, a right-handed pitcher, who wears #22, pitching and playing first base on her High School Varsity Girls Softball Team.

Miss Brittany is the “ace” of her team’s pitching staff; and, also, one of the best hitters on the team.

In 2008, as a junior playing on the Varsity team, Brittany had a 13-4 record with a 2.26 ERA, recording 125 strikeouts in 108 innings pitched, leading her team into the playoffs.

Brittany played 21 total games, hitting .330, with 23 hits in 70 at-bats. She also walked six times, hit three doubles, scored 19 runs, and had a .390 on-base percentage, while leading her team with three triples, four homeruns, 25 RBI’s, and a .630 slugging percentage.  

Brittany’s season did not start off very well, as she lost her first two starting assignments. But, then, she went onto win her next seven starts, including pitching three straight shutouts, a one-hitter and two 2-hitters, at one point during the streak, moving her record to 7-2.

After a 7-5 loss, Brittany was the winning pitcher for her team in six more straight starts, including another two shutouts, a two-hitter, and four hitter, bringing her record to 13-3, as her team entered the semi-finals of their High School Division Playoffs.

Brittany, and her team, played brilliant softball in their first two games in the Playoffs, winning the first round game, 6-0; and, then, in the team’s most exciting game of the year, earned a very dramatic, extra-innings, 4-3, comeback victory, in the quarter-final playoff game.

In that quarter-final game, Brittany was engaged in a pitching duel with the other team’s ace starter until the top of the 6th inning when a three-run homerun by the opposing team put my niece’s team down 3-0.

But, Brittany’s team battled back, tying the score 3-3, in the bottom of the 7th to send the game into extra innings.

The opposing team had a number of opportunities to take the lead in the top of the 8th inning; but, a couple of great defensive plays resulted in two runners being thrown out at third base, setting up a second and third situation with two outs. The next batter reached first on a hit-by-pitch, to load the bases, which created one more threat for the opposing team to take the lead once again in this quarter-final playoff game.

This is when my niece redeemed herself for giving up the three-run homer in this game.

Brittany shined in this key moment by striking out the next batter on three straight pitches, leaving the bases-loaded, and the score tied 3-3.

The comeback was completed when my niece’s team scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning, for a very dramatic 4-3 victory, that still gives me chills of joy as I recall that very exciting day in upstate New York.

This dramatic 4-3 victory moved Brittany’s team into the semi-final game of the Playoffs, which ended with the opposing team winning the game 2-1, in another extra inning nail-bitter that lasted 11 innings.

Brittany’s team was down 1-0 going into the 8th inning, when Brittany hit a RBI double that tied the score, 1-1. 

But, the opposing team’s pitcher was a little more dominant in this semi-final playoff game, striking out 15 batters to earn a well-pitched and played 2-1 victory.  

It was a disappointing loss for my niece’s team. But, all players on both teams should be very proud for playing a very exciting and classic softball game. Also, both teams should be very proud of their successful seasons in 2008.  

Brittany will once again pitch and play first base for her Varsity High School team in 2009; and, she looks forward to attending college on a softball scholarship, at a school in the New England area in the the Fall of 2009. She also is a straight “A” student; so, softball will only be part of the whole college experience that I am sure Brittany will excel and be very successful in.

I thank Brittany and all her teammates for providing many exciting moments during their successful 2008 season. We all look forward to many more exciting moments in 2009.

And, to Brittany, I love you very much.

Good Luck and Best Wishes in all that you do in 2009 and future years.

May God Always Bless All Your Efforts !!! 

 

Also, “Congratulations” to all mlblogs on the latest Fan and Pro “Leader’s Lists” !!!

And, Thank You, to all who have visited my mlblog !!! 

I appreciate all your great comments, thoughts, and kind words. Everyone is always welcome to visit !!!  

 

— Jimmy Curran, “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”  

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14 comments

  1. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, Jane …
    My niece Brittany is really dedicated to pitching and playing well … I look forward to watching her play this year, and also when she starts playing on her College team !!! .. A backup to Tex at first? … Well, [lol], maybe last year on the 2008 Yankees team she would have made a great backup at first base … Brittany probably would have played better than the parade of Yankee first basemen that played on the team last year — [Duncan, Ensberg, Betemit, Sexson, Lane, etc., etc., etc.] … But, she is a very good pitcher and hitter; and, we are all very proud of her, and wish her well this year and in the future !!! … Take care, Jane !!! … “Congratulations” on your #1 ranking, once again, on the latest “Leader’s List” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, Bob …

    Yeah, Brittany is a very good pitcher and hitter !!! … She will be playing on her High School team this year; and, then, will start College in the Fall of 2009, and pitch for that team !!! … It is a shame that Baseball and Softball will not be sports in the 2012 London Olympics … I hope at some point in the future, both these sports will be reinstated back into the Olympics !!! … It would be great, though, if Brittany was given the opportunity to play for the Team USA Girls Softball Team !!! … That would be a dream come through for any athlete, competing in the Olympics !!! … Take care, Bob !!! Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, metsmainman …

    Thanks for asking about my tradition of dedicating my ranking number on each new “Leader’s List” in honor of some player, or other special meaning that number may have to me … These dedications started on previous Leader’s Lists back in 2008, when I made the dedications on the Mlblogosphere Community blog site !!! … Some of the first dedications were in honor of: #28 Sparky Lyle; #29 Catfish Hunter; #27 Joe Girardi; #14 Babe Ruth [in honor of Ruth being #14 on the lowest lifetime ERA list]; and, then, more recently, #15 Thurman Munson; #15 Red Ruffing; #10 Phil Rizzuto !!! This tradition was expanded at the beginning of 2009, by Julia, Elizabeth, and Kaybee, when they also started dedicating a whole “post” in honor of their ranking numbers … Mark, from mlblogs/mlb.com, was always a supporter of my dedications, and he also urged other mlbloggers to follow my lead in making dedications in honor of their rankings, at the start of 2009 … So, with Mark’s support, and, also, my urging others to make dedications; and, then, the expanded version of dedicating whole posts, started by: Julia, Elizabeth, and Kaybee, here we are, as this tradition has seemed to catch-on with more and more mlbloggers !!! … Dedicating these numbers has really been a great way to learn about many different players; and, also, many interesting facts and stats about these players and other baseball events throughout the whole history of the game !!! … It is a wonderful tradition that I will always continue; and, I look forward to the other mlbloggers now making these dedications, to also continue, as well as, looking forward to many new mlbloggers, like yourself, also making dedications !!! … So, that is the history of how the tradition of these dedcations started, and how the tradition continues to be expanded !!! … My first dedication of a whole post in honor of one of my ranking numbers was titled, “Baseball’s Hidden Treasures”, in honor of #17, Gene Michael … Click on the following the URL to view this post: [Thanks for the visit] http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/01/baseballs_hidden_treasures.html

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, for the kind words, Julia !!! …

    We are all very proud of Brittany, and look forward to the start of her new High School Softball season; and, also, the start of the new 2009 MLB season !!! … Baseball is finally here, and that’s a very good thing, Julia !!! … “Congratulations” on ranking #2 again on the latest “Leader’s List” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Erin …

    Thanks for the very nice words of encouragement for my niece, Brittany !!! … The great thing about numbers is that they have many special meanings, in many different areas of life !!! … My #22 ranking was a perfect opportunity to make a dedication in honor of Brittany on my above post !!! … “Congratulations” on your #26 ranking on the latest “Leader’s List” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  6. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, Jen !!! …

    Yeah, my niece Brittany is a very good pitcher and hitter; and, she is also very dedicated to being the best player she can be !!! … So, we look forward to watching her pitch this upcoming season, and when she pitches for her college team in the 2010 season !!! … Thanks again for your very kind words wishing my niece well in her softball career !!! … Take care, Jen !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  7. Elizabeth D

    Jimmy,
    GREAT story! That’s so cool that your niece plays softball– she sounds so good! A pitcher that can hit too, that’s not something you see too often. Those are some great stories that you have shared, and it sounds like her games are really interesting! I hope she has another great season!
    -Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  8. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, Elizabeth …

    Brittany is a really good pitcher and hitter, and I look forward to watching her play this year, and, also, when she plays for her College team !!!
    .
    The High School softball games are fun to watch, as the fans can get close-up to the action on the field. This makes for a great day at the ballpark — rooting for Brittany’s team to win !!!
    .
    Elizabeth, thanks for the visit; and, also, for your nice comments wishing my niece well in the upcoming season !!!
    .
    Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

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