Faith Is Common Thread for Softball Team
Posted at 11:50 p.m. on May 31, 2012
(Aaron Guerrero/CQ Roll Call)
Under the bright May sun, Deep Space 9 got scorched.
The House Softball League game pitted the NASA team against the 24:Sixers, a hard-hitting, fundamentally sound team from Capital City Church. From the outset, the rout was on.
The 24:Sixers scored 11 runs in the first inning and had another monster inning in the third, when they lit up the scoreboard for 13 more. By the time the last out was recorded, they had put up a 35 spot, only surrendering seven runs to their opponents.
Unlike most teams that play in the trio of leagues, the team hailing from Capital City Church are not bound by their professional careers. Rather, it’s their faith and the desire for fellowship that brings them out to the diamond week in and week out.
Six years ago, it was suggested in the young adults’ group by friends of Bethany Pisani that congregants should try their hands at softball. Pisani, the daughter of and assistant to the church’s senior pastor, agreed.
All that was needed was a name. For that, the team turned to the Good Book, giving Psalm 24:6 some athletic flavor.
In years past, the team’s affable nature has lead players from the opposite side of the field to make an appearance at the D.C.-based church.
“I love the sport and getting to meet other teams,” Pisani said.
And while the team clearly enjoys the competition, the sport has served as a building block for strengthening relationships between themselves and others.