Last week EXAIR’s softball team finally triumphed. In our ninth game, we finally got our first win. After being shellacked the week before it was a much needed win for morale. We were able to bat around in the first inning and put up a total of nineteen runs in the game. The starting pitcher recorded five strikeouts and gave up ten runs, but at least five of those runs were unearned. I felt great to finally put a good game together, and we hope to carry it into next week when we have our first double header.
The truth is that the team we beat was playing their first game together at this park, and they made many of the same mistakes we had made in the past eight weeks. There were a couple of missed infield flies and some ill advised throws to first base that ended with the ball in right field. This allowed us to score a few extra runs. The other team also had some trouble with the rules. To keep the game moving, we play two strikes for an out, and three balls for a walk. Our opponents struck out a number of times, which made it easier for us to get out of the innings, something we have struggled with in the past. Playing a game against a beginning team showed us how far we had come. Hopefully, we continue to get better through the next six or seven weeks, so we can be more competitive next spring.
Just as it is being the newest Application Engineer at EXAIR – I’ll keep trying to improve (while waiting for the next new Application Engineer to show me how far I’ve come).
I have blogged the past month or so about the new EXAIR Softball team. It is composed of members from almost every department in the company and we practice once a week then we play one game a week. This weeks game was against another team who was stacked with people that have played softball way longer than we have. Needless to say, the other team came out on top, however, we didn’t quit or go out without a fight.
At the end of the 3rd inning we were in risk of getting shut out by the other team. Then for the 4th inning we rallied and pulled in three runs. When it came our turn to bat again we pulled in six more runs. It was pretty amazing seeing the look on some of the other teams faces when they realized that we were able to pull together and rally.
In the end we still lost. While we didn’t get the mercy rule called we did not come back to beat the other team. However, there wasn’t a single head hung low, we were all proud that we had scored the most runs for a game so far, along with turned a double play, got a tag out at home, and really pulled together in the infield. The trick was, we couldn’t rely on just one person.
Because we worked as a team we were able to keep the game alive and show that we were dedicated to the game. We use the same mentality here in the office. If I get a call from a customer about an application I haven’t seen before or something I may not be 100% sure of, then I turn to my teammates. In this office alone we have team members with over 40 years of experience in our field. Every one of us has our own niche area of expertise also.
So chances are, if you have the compressed air application, we have probably seen it and know how to improve it.
It’s that time of the year, to play ball. EXAIR now has a recreational softball team that is going to be playing on Thursday nights here in Cincinnati. The team is going to be composed of guys from our production team, engineering department, marketing department, and even our President.
As of right now we are still gathering our equipment up and it seems like it is going to turn out to be a combination of The Sandlot, along with The Bad News Bears. (Not the Billy Bob Thorton version.) The interesting part of the process so far is that we have already started to pull together and help each other out. Even people who aren’t going to be playing have volunteered to watch us for comedic relief or donate some old equipment to the cause.
So other than being a group of guys that haven’t played sports in a handful of years we have one thing going for us and that is the support from EXAIR. It really goes to show you what kind company EXAIR is. We’ll not only help you find what you need, let you try the unit out for 30 days, then stand behind it for 5 years against manufacturer’s defect. We will also be here to support troubleshooting and any other help you may need with the product by phone, e-mail, live chat or even fax.
If you have a question on any of our products, don’t hesitate to call. Also, if you are in Cincinnati and want to watch some live entertainment, let us know and we’ll get you the team schedule.