Dust devil


She squatted low, her butt just above the packed dirt. Leaning forward on her toes, she dropped her left hand between her splayed legs for balance. Her right hand, covered in a thick, leather glove, was palm out just below her chin.

Her opponent stood perpendicular to her in a fighting stance – knees bent, elbows high, a bat held poised to swing.

Twisting her left foot, she scuffed the ground, creating a mound of loose dust. Watching for the delivery, she timed her move perfectly.

As the ball shot across the plate, an underhanded toss of dirt blinded the hitter.

The 100 Word Challenge is to tell a story in only 100 words. This week’s theme is “Underhanded”

7 thoughts on “Dust devil

    1. Again “based on true events.” When my daughter was about 9, she played softball too. There was a catcher on an opposing team who actually did this. Every time a pitch was thrown, she’d toss a little handful of dirt. It was a dirty trick… see what I did there?


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