DISAPPOINTMENT: Lochie Martin, 13, just wanted to play softball on the weekend, and thought the world was conspiring against him when he woke up to rain and matches were called off.
DISAPPOINTMENT: Lochie Martin, 13, just wanted to play softball on the weekend, and thought the world was conspiring against him when he woke up to rain and matches were called off. Mike Richards GLASOFT

Rain puts dampener on Lochie’s softball aspirations

ALL Lochie Martin wanted from his Saturday was to play softball, so when he woke up to the sounds of rain, he was shattered.

His instincts were right - the matches were off.

Frustrated and aware there was nothing anyone could do, he turned to his mum and uttered words neither will ever forget.

"I said, 'I don't get to play, the gods are against me'," he said.

"It was a disaster; the whole morning."

Once the weather had rescinded, Lochie finally got to go outside and spend some of the energy he had pressurising inside his body.

But it was not only the 13-year-old who was on edge.

"I was sleeping and then my cat started screeching and clawed me on the eye,"' he said.

"That's when I woke up and the thunderstorm started."

One more week remains for Lochie to get his softball fix before the sport breaks for Christmas.

Not wanting to even consider a possibility of not being allowed to play next week, Lochie is mentally rehearsing his position to make the most of the opportunity and the one he missed.

"I am mostly good at fielding at first base but sometimes go to catcher as well," he said.

"I love getting the ball throw to me and getting that very first out."

Which is exactly what he plans to practice in his school holidays, if the weather permits.

Only trouble is, even if the weather is fine, Lochie has to find a willing participant to play with him.

"My brothers don't really throw, my dad has a sore shoulder and mum's arm is broken," he said.



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