At Bat by Owen Richason

At Bat (Slice of Life)

Aaron walked slowly, nervously from the dugout to the plate, sliding his favorite bat back and forth between his hands. Stepping into the batter's box, he pulled his gloves tight, cinching the velcro, feeling his heart beat, beat, beat, as if it were about to burst right out of his chest. He took a huge, deep breath, attempting to shrug off the anxiety and excitement of the moment. The pitcher stared right at him, as he menacingly caressed the ball in his glove, calmly chewing a fresh stick of gum in pure intimidation. Aaron looked up at the scoreboard - 3 to 3, bottom of the ninth, two outs. He gripped the bat tightly, focusing on the pitcher's every move as he went into his elaborate win
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