Welcome to the Grand Softball Experiment


Haylie Wagner, Gwen Svekis and Victoria Hayward all bumped into each other’s arms upon the remaining out of their softball season, on Sept. 28. Wagner was the beginning pitcher, Svekis her catcher and Hayward the middle fielder, and theirs was the customary embrace of teammates successful a championship sport: exhaustion blended with pleasure, streaked with comfortable tears. Besides that this example was not customary in any respect. Virtually a 12 months earlier, that they had been the first three gamers to signal on with an upstart, experimental league; and whereas they have been, for this second, on the similar squad, they’d separated and rejoined sporadically over the course of the six-week season, performing as teammates one week and opponents the subsequent. Although that they had simply gained the remaining sport of the season collectively, that they had not gained a championship. The truth is, no staff title was awarded. As a substitute, gamers have been ranked individually, utilizing a unique scoring system, and the lone gold medal went to certainly one of their teammates, the workers ace, who had not even pitched that day.