It was a tough 7-6 loss for the Bradenton Marauders last night at the hands (and bats) of the Fort Myers Miracle. We scored first but then it seemed that the Marauder pitchers were throwing batting practice and the score escalated to Miracle 7 and Marauders 1. It stayed that way for several innings but eventually the Marauders fought back with a building thunderstorm on the horizon. In the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd bases the score was now Miracle 7 Good Guys 6.
Marauder super hitter Josh Bell came to bat and as he did a terrific bolt of lightning brightened the sky behind the stadium. I turned to Pat Sullivan and asked what was the name of Robert Redford's bat in the movie "The Natural" (It was Wonder Boy). No sooner did Pat answer than just like in the movie a tremendous storm broke out. Ten seconds earlier there was nothing and now it was a deluge. Rain cascaded out of the clouds by the ships-full and everyone dashed for cover behind the stands. Cathy had her face burrowed into my chest shielding herself from the torrent as more lightning flashed. A couple of the bolts were so close I swear the thunder started before the lightning finished. A fire truck took off from the nearby station no doubt in response to some structure being hit by lightning.
When the tormento began to subside we made a mad dash for the car and headed home. The score was still 7-6 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and Josh was still due to hit if the game ever resumed. Eventually it did but we were home getting out of rain-soaked clothes. Unfortunately lightning did not hit Josh's bat as it did Redford's in the movie and the Marauders lost a heart breaker 7-6. Regardless it was an exciting game at the end, accentuated by the freaky weather that reminded us of a baseball movie.