In baseball, the line separating success and failure is often a razor thin one.
The difference between a double down the line and a ground out is a couple of feet. The difference between the perfect pitch and a fat one is a couple of inches. And the difference between a squared up ball and weak contact is a couple of millimeters and/or milliseconds.
Every game is a series of such outcomes, and the team that achieves more positive ones celebrates at the end while the players on the other side are left shaking their heads in frustration.
With such narrow margins deciding wins and losses, you can often boil entire games down to a play here or there, and entire seasons down to one or two games.
Such is certainly true for Abilene’s three local teams, which enter the final week of the regular season with varying levels of playoff security thanks almost entirely on their performance in close games.