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Dale Brown’s Ops Report
August 2003
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Softball Update:

CCRR: Combat Crew Rest and Recuperation

The Bombers are on a roll!

After dropping the first 3 games, the Bombers have won the last 2 in a row. The Bombers won its first game of the season and the first game won by the 5th inning, 12-run "mercy rule" by beating the Odyssey All-Stars by the score of 15-3.

The Bombers then won the next week by holding on against the Incline Presbyterian Church 15-9, after giving up 5 runs in the 4th inning. This game also went to only 5 innings but ended with a 75-minute league time limit.

Yours truly finally found the "sweet spot" at the plate and went 5-8 in the past 2 games with 3 singles, 1 double, and 1 triple (actually a double plus one base on an error), with 5 runs scored and 5 RBIs. This bumps my average up to .460, well below last year but slowly improving.

If we're not careful, we'll end up in the playoffs again!

My performance at shortstop still needs work. Can someone please explain to me how to remain calm, take a second, and make a decent throw to first base after scooping up a hot grounder? Only half my throws to first have been on target. It is almost as if I'd be better off not making a throw to first. Help!

The third game in July was rained out in one of the biggest summer thunderstorms I can remember--almost an inch of rain in one hour. We have been fortunate this year because we had a very wet spring and (so far) few dry thunderstorms, so the fire danger, although still high, is not as bad as it has been in recent years. Lake Tahoe is low but not as low as last year; and because they lengthened the boat launching ramps last year because of low lake levels, boating season may make it all the way to Labor Day this year!

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