Wednesday, August 29, 2012
We had a very busy week last week with the start of school. Not only the start of school but we have football practices, baseball practices, church, sleep(who are you kidding), work, special services at church on the weekend, and Mookies first travel ball tournament.
Yes, I said travel ball tournament. We said none of our boys would ever play travel ball. Not because we didn't think they could but you know I have never had a love for baseball. I thought that was enough I didn't like baseball why torture myself with it but something has happened. I'm not sure why, when, or how but suddenly I really enjoy baseball. Well, my kids playing baseball anyways.
About 5 or 6 weeks ago we had 3 calls inquiring about our youngest playing travel ball. We thought about it, considered all the options, and prayed about it. We decided we would let him play at least in the fall and we would tackle spring later on. He has had practices and practice games and has done well and has been enjoying it. I have also been enjoying it.
This past weekend on one of the busiest weeks that we have had in a long time was his first tournament. His team played 2 games on Saturday and then Sunday was seeding play. Based on how your team did Saturday you received your seed for Sunday. We were personally hoping for a seed in the middle so that Max could play Sunday. We were not going to miss church for baseball. As it turns out the Mudcats won one and lost one that made or seed 3 out of 6 we were happy with that. We knew Max would have to miss the first game on Sunday but if they won that one without him we knew he could play in the next game. They did win it in 3 innings 15-0 so we knew Max would be there for the next one against the Hitmen. We had played the Hitmen in a practice game and won but they were undefeated coming into Sunday. It would be their first game of the day and our second. Could we do it? We sure did we beat them by 1 run 17-6 and we were not the home team. We had to hold em and we did.
Now the Mudcats were pumped and the Hitmen were sad and leaving seeing as it was single elimination. The Mudcats had a break and then it was time to play ball again. We were in the championship game. No matter what happened the boys would still get a medal but would it be gold or silver? They wanted gold.
We were playing the Copperheads the team we beat on Saturday. They made it to the championship game by defeating the number one seed. So here we are 2 teams getting ready to play their 3rd game of the day. HOT and TIRED but the boys were ready. So off we go. Both teams played well and several innings we traded off having the max runs scored in an inning and having to switch before all the outs. Its the way it is in 8u ball. They played long and hard its the bottom of the sixth inning Max is playing left field we are up by one, two outs, a man on first and one on second I think. A Copperhead steps to the plate, the pitch is thrown, the kid blasts it to left field..... its going to Mookie... I'm nervous praying please God let him catch it.... and HE DOES!!!! We win 20-19!!!
The Mudacts win the tournament!! They battled hard and man did they deserve it. So proud of the Mookie and the Mudcats. Looking forward to our next tournament.