Long story short… I had to walk to USA House to print some stuff out. And as I was leaving, Crystl Bustos from the USA Softball team was walking in. So cool!
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This morning I was lucky to get tickets to the USA-Japan softball game. And it was intense! My seat was next to Monica Abbot’s father which made it even more gut wrenching. (Monica Abbot pitched for the US in this game.)
The game was 0-0 after seven innings, so it went into softball’s version of overtime. Play continues, and the last batter out from the previous inning starts on second base to advance the offensive play.
Innings seven and eight remained scoreless, and then USA turned it on. Natasha Watley, who started on second base, motored around the field and scored on a hit by Caitlin Lowe. Then Crystl Bustos hit a home run, earning three more runs. The US crowd LOVES Bustos. They yell “BOOOOOOOOO-stus… BOOOOOOOOO-stus” when she’s up to bat.
This win advances Team USA into the gold-silver match-up and guarantees them a medal in the Games. The final softball game is on Thursday.
A few more photos from softball are posted here. And yes, those photos were taken in Beijing! It was an unusually beautiful day. Probably the nicest I’ve experienced since I’ve been here.
I also threw in a photo that my roommate took at a recent ping pong tournament. Yes, ping pong is an Olympic sport – and the Chinese are crazy for it. Ping pong and badminton – they can’t get enough!
I’m going to the trampoline semifinals in the morning – more photos and stories to come!