by Matt Floyd

After a two week layoff (one for rain and another for  Mother's Day), the MNSA athletes were happy to get back on the field and  finally play again this past Sunday. However, Mother Nature didn't look like she was going to cooperate as rain drenched the Nashville area Friday and Saturday.

With the help of the MNSA league officials, players, coaches, family and friends, the group was able work late on Saturday  afternoon and evening and early on Sunday morning to get the fields at West Park ready for action. Much thanks and appreciation to all those who donated their valuable time to the league.

Sunday finally saw the return of  the sun, and with that came some more exciting softball action. In the  C-division, Time won a trio of games to remain unbeaten on the season. They  picked up a 7-0 forfeit win over the Heat (B-Level). The team continued  their winning ways with two more victories on the day. Time welcomed back  their pitcher, Shannon H, from a recent surgery that had him sidelined for  four weeks.

Time came out a bit sluggish offensively against Good Times, who  played excellent defense before Time came alive in the 4th inning and was  able to finally tally some runs in a 6-5 victory. But the much anticipated  game in the C-division was that of Time vs. Fury. These two teams have  battled it out the last two years. As expected, both teams came out  swinging. Roy N got the ball rolling in the bottom of the 1st inning with a  3-run Home Run. Marty G made two spectacular catches in left field saving  runs each time. Time closed out the Fury with great defense 15-8, to improve  to 5-0 on the season. Fury rebounded with a 7-4 win over Good Times to improve to 3-2 on the season. Good Times fell to 3-5.

In the  D-division, the unbeatens are down to just two teams. The Panthers had two  tough games on the day. They faced off against previously unbeaten Fireballs  in their first game. Panthers had another good offensive showing in posting  a 10-5 victory. They then played a very tough game against Blaze, edging  Blaze 10-7. Panthers move to 4-0 on the season. The Players also remained  undefeated (5-0) as they put on an offensive show against Blaze, wining  22-2, and also beating Holy Trinity Red 12-1. Inferno, Xplosion, and  Corkscrew also won both of their contests on Sunday. First year team, Double  Time played some great late inning defense throwing out a runner at home,  then getting a bases loaded force out to close out an 8-6 win over  previously unbeaten Players Too. Double Time split in play on Sunday, losing  their second game against Holy Trinity (Red).

The league will take  the Memorial Day weekend off, but will return to regular league play on  Sunday, June 7, at West Park. Come out and support the new women's league, which will debut at noon followed at 1 p.m. with open league play.

For complete league scores, standings and upcoming schedules,  please visit the league website at Be sure to look up the league on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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