First year of fastpitch softball ! *****
by Desiree Walker
(Osseo , MN)
My coach started me at 3rd base , I'm good at throwing and running in on grounders , catching pop flies , line drives etc but I don't know where to throw the ball . I love playing 3rd base but theres another girl on my team who has been playing since she was young . I can't compete with her . I try to watch her but I still don't understand . My coach agrees that I would be a good pick for a 3rd baseman and that with practice I could be on a much bigger team than just a high school league . He played me in 2 games and I was a complete mess . I didn't know where to throw the ball or when to touch the bag or when to throw home or when a force was or anything . I was sooooo embarrased . He has put me in left field the rest of the season which isn't too bad I guess but it sort of is if you're moved from 3rd to outfield . I just really LOVE 3rd base and I want that to be my position all through high school and college . I don't mind other positions but 3rd is where I want to be . I have almost everything else down besides where to throw the ball / when to touch the bag or when to tag . I think he is frustrated because he keeps giving me chances but I always hesitate and I don't have all the plays and situations in my head . I have played slow pitch for 4 years previous but never 3rd base . Mostly outfield or catcher . I really want to play 3rd and need help before the new season starts . I've been practicing batting and just throwing/catching with one of my teammates but we don't have enough people or a coach to have a whole team so I can't practice plays and situations . PLEASE HELP !!!!!