Late Night Heroics

Panel Built Softball Team Wins Season Opener
by Conrad Walker

Last night was the first official league game for the Panel Built softball team. Excitement ran high as the players warmed up, and the game did not disappoint!

The opponents, Complete Home Services (CHS), jumped out to an early lead and by the bottom of the second inning were up by a score of 9-0. The next few innings saw the Panel Built crew string together a handful of runs, fueled by a five for five batting performance by Panel Built GM Dave Arnold and yet another home run by slugger Nathan Eller. Beau Ballard hit one off the wall in straight-away center, and going into the bottom half of the last inning, Panel Built was down 19-14.

Rob Flowers, who got beamed by a line drive at second base in the top half of the inning, lead off with a pop fly for the first out. CHS then gave up a series of walks and singles, leaving the bases loaded for D.J. Rogers (red arm bands, crouching) with two outs and the score 19-19.


D.J. dug in to the batter’s box and a hush came over the crowd that had gathered to watch the comeback. The first pitch came as D.J. stood watching. “Strike” said the umpire. Panel Built was now down to their last strike.

“As the pitch came in, it looked good,” said Rogers. He swung and “knew it was a good hit soon as it came off the bat. I just wanted to come through for my team.”

D.J.’s hit dropped into left field and the Panel Built crew won in walk-off fashion. The next game will be Thursday, June 7th. Congratulations to D.J. and the rest of the Panel Built team!

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