A Baseball Romance

Baseball. How can one sport bring two people together all by itself? Well it can. It happened to Lily and Justin. Just a country girl with nowhere to go and the captain of the baseball team.

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7. Seven

(Justin POV)

We head into the living room with our food and I get a stack of videos out of the crate. "Which one do you want to watch first?" I ask.

"Doesn't matter to me, let's start with the one on top?" Lily says pulling a notebook with "BASEBALL" written across the top and a mechanical pencil out of her bag. 

I take the fist video tape out of the crate and put it in the VCR player.

"Which game is this?" Lily asks.

"First game of the season, 2001." I say. "Against Brook Lee High." I hear the scratching of a pencil on paper.

"They're supposed to be really easy to beat, our team just doesn't have the chemistry or the skilled players to be able to do well against them." I look at her, glad I wasn't the only one that noticed that very thing. "Oh, sorry I didn't mean to offend I..." She trails off.

"Oh no, you didn't offend at all, I was just thinking, I've noticed the same things. Not many boys on the team have played baseball before high school and a lot of them don't understand the logistics of the game the way they should to be able to play high school ball at the level we need to be playing at to beat these other teams." My phone buzzes next to me, a text message flashing onto the screen. I glance at it, it's from coach.

"Hey can you read me that?" I ask as I fiddle with the VCR player hooking it up o the television. 

"Not going to be at practice this week, if you and the little red head can run it for me, that'd be great." Lily had recently dyed her hair bright red, shocking the entire team, including me.

"You want to do it?" I ask.

"Yeah, sounds fun. I don't want to start a mutiny or anything but I think coach is part of the problem, hes has potential to be a great coach but he just doesn't know how to get his ideas out to the players on the field or in the dugout."

"Yeah, I think you're right, his instructions are usually a whole bunch of shit that none of us understand."

 

(Lily POV)

Nobody had really asked me if I wanted to do something before, I usually was just told to do something, never given a choice or a say in what happened in my life. Of course I wanted to help run practice, maybe the team would actually have a shot at winning a game this week with us coaching. Or maybe it would all be a big failure and we'd both be laughed off the field, who knows. What I did know is, I'd be using my dads truck a lot this week.

 

I look at my phone and have to do a double take at the time. It's 3am. My mom would be awake in an hour and a half and I had to work in the morning. I look over at Justin, who is almost asleep leaning his head on his hand. I wait for him to doze off then gather my things and leave. I would text him tomorrow after I finished with the horses.

 

(Justin POV)

The last thing I know I was awake for was the other team on the tape hitting a home run and Lily scribbling in her notebook. After that, it's all just a dreamy haze of me kissing her then us falling asleep. But obviously that didn't happen because here I am and she's gone. 

I check my phone for a text but there's nothing. She didn't even leave a note. Here I was thinking things were going so well, she was perfect, a girl who liked baseball, knew the game as well, if not better than me and was pretty attractive at the same time? I guess it was too good to be true. I just wish she had left a note.

Still dwelling on Lily, I get ready to go to the gym, my normal routine for a Saturday morning. Everywhere I go I check for a note from Lily, every time my phone buzzes in my pocket my heart races hoping it's from Lily. But it never is. 

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