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Posted at 11:10 p.m. on June 25, 2012
On a breezy Monday night in Washington, Ryan Ozimek completed a rare feat in Congressional Softball League history in a loss against the previously winless Get Off Our Lawn.
Unlike other softball games, where a home run generally comes by way of a deep line drive or a collection of errors from the other team, the coach of the Softballer$ hit a three-run homer actually over a fence.
The homer was followed up with a hard-hitting triple in the fourth inning. Inching ever closer, he added a double and a single in the fifth inning.
“It’s bittersweet,”Ozimek said after the game, noting that losing in an exciting fashion sure beats getting blown out.
Surrounded by construction, the game was played in a cordoned-off area between the Washington Monument and the WWII Memorial.
Hailing from the PICnet, a Web development company, the Softballer$ seemed poised for a victory. By the sixth inning, the team had established a 13-6 lead over its AARP-based opponents.
But in the top of the seventh inning, Get off Our Lawn, whose bats had been sleepy a majority of the night, gained the necessary urgency for a comeback.
Resisting the urge to tie the game up with one swing, the team relied on small ball — a series of singles mixed with the occasional double. Before long, the team had scored nine runs, putting it ahead for good.
Jared Weiss, team captain of Get Off Our Lawn, expressed his own amazement at his team’s clutch play with its back against the wall.
“I guess we responded well to that pressure,” he said.