Bruises and Medals

Bruise the size of medal
Bruise the size of medal

As you can tell from the picture above, it was an interesting and intense and fun weekend of softball with bruises and medals.  Both our girls were supposed to have had games in the same field but last-minute changes made our family split up.  One kid-one parent about one hour away in two different fields.  The only thing we had in common was uniform colors and very hot weather in both places.

Saturday’s games were a mixed bag.  My 9-year-old pitched for the first time in A ball tournament for one inning and I was told she did pretty good. Two strike outs and one hit but was tagged out at first base and a couple of walks.  Wish I could have seen it.  I was with my 12-year-old.  The two kids had very different games.  On Saturday, my 9 year old’s team won first game and lost the next two and 12 year old’s team lost first and won the next two games.

As if we don’t have enough injuries in our family, my 12-year-old added another one to the list this last weekend.  A nasty looking bruise on her leg when she took one for the team from the pitcher. Luckily the pitcher was not pitching very hard or fast.  I also added one for myself.  I was standing in a safe spot or so it seemed when a fly ball hit my head, thank goodness for the visor on my hat that deflected the ball enough so I was not hurt bad.  I have a new respect for the speed of fast-pitch balls.  I did have a head ache for the rest of the day but that could have been from the 95 degree heat too.  What is with the heat in October?  I hope the climate change doesn’t make the Bay area like Arizona.

Sunday was a disaster for the older girls team, so we got a chance to visit my younger one in Pleasant Hill, CA.   Lo and behold it was an under 11 tournament and the players had to be 11 in January, so my older daughter and her team-mate who were both still in their jerseys and who had siblings in the 11U team ended up playing for them and getting a runner-up medal the same size as the bruise.

Anyway, what causes a bruise or also known as contusion?  You know I had to read up on it!  Bruises happen when an injury makes the small blood vessels and capillaries near the skin to break and leak blood into the tissue under the skin.  Cold compress and ibuprofen worked great for us.  It took a couple of days, but the swelling reduced and color started fading quick.  This was a bruise from a ball speed of may be 45 mph (it was kind of slow ball).

Can you imagine a ball hitting you from the batter?  I have seen kids fold down and fall from a batted ball hitting them.  That is the reason ASA has the special regulations on bats so the (BBS) batted ball speed doesn’t exceed 98 mph.  Read about it by clicking the link if you are interested.

Be safe and have fun this weekend!

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