I stand there anxiously, squeezing my bat with my hands.
I can feel myself shaking. One pitch after another . . .
Strike one! Strike two! I can do this.
Deep breaths . . . inhale . . . exhale. “C’mon number eight!”
Eight innings, two outs, tied game.
I see the pitch coming
really fast . . . inside maybe?
Yes, my favorite!!!!
The editors enjoyed the work's quiet, internal monologue interspersed with external input, cataloging a few brief moments in one softball player's mind. Jessica is an 11th grade student at Regina High School.