Episode 11: Play Ball!

Opening day of the Potomac League Tidewater All-Women’s Slow-Pitch Softball season dawns bright and breezy. Hopes are high. Buns are fresh. An elderly man fries funnel cakes in the stadium parking lot. Harry buys a loaded chili-cheese dog and a paper of fries at a freshly painted concession stand near the gate. As he wanders over to the bleachers, a pleasing scent of fresh straw and beer wafts lazily through the spring air. Altogether, life is looking pretty good.

‘Maybe this sports thing isn’t so bad, after all,’ he says to himself, launching into a little John Fogerty: ‘”We’re born again. There’s new grass on the field.” Go, Mud-Hens! Play ball!’

There does, however, seem to be a disproportion of men among the spectators. In fact, most of the women in sight are dressed out and on the field. But it is, after all, women’s softball, and it is a calm and unperturbed Harry who picks out a sunny, unpopulated section of the bleachers, lays out his mineral water and morning Post, and makes himself at home.

Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball.

Up next … Episode 12: How ’Bout Them Dawgs!

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