The pitcher went to the mound and looked around the field. His heart was heavy, for many of their positions were empty. The opposing team was there and the fans were in the stands, and there was nothing to do but pitch the ball and hope for the best. But in addition to pitching, he had to cover third base, as well as shortstop and there was no one in center field.
The shortstop did arrive midway through the third inning but caused such a disruption as he entered the field that the second baseman was looking at him and missed a ground ball that would have been an inning ending double play, allowing a run to score. A fly ball was hit to right field but alas... the right fielder had forgotten to bring his glove, resulting in an inside the park home run. There was no relief pitcher because they too had made the trip to Six Flags leaving the pitcher to face the opposing team all on his own, no matter how weary he became. The team struggled through a painful game and suffered a humiliating loss, being beaten by more than 10 runs.
When the absent players heard that their team had been beaten so badly, they were very upset and called for a team meeting. They decided to get a new pitcher.