We weren't prepared. There wasn't time for practice.
We had just finished our Spring season with the Championship game that Saturday (Braves beat the Dodgers; it was a great game and a gratifying win).
But then, that Tuesday, the 9U All Stars had their first game. We played the warm up this year at Greenbrier. Not the best field, and difficult for picture taking. We lost our first game 10-9 in the last inning to the 10U Greenbrier. Josh was really hard on himself. The boys and parents took it hard. Not a great way to start our season.
The next game, we faced the 9U Greenbrier team. And won!!! We played better defense and we started hitting the ball. Cameron hit a home run over the fence!! I felt like we just needed a good win to get the boys' confidence up and get them back in the game. They hadn't played together in months, and a lot of them had tried out new positions over the regular season. But they were back in the groove.
We defeated the 9U SCAA and then the 10U Kempsville team to earn a spot in the Championship game. However, they were going to have to play a difficult team next - the 10U Suffolk All Stars.
The other team was a little bigger and had more experience than our boys. But it didn't matter. As is our usual style, we were down most of the game, but in the end, we pulled it off and won 12-6. I had to rush outta there to make it to Jackson's basketball game, so I missed the trophy pics.
Cameron making eye contact with his fans in the front row as he crosses home plate. His grandmother and Great-grandfather.
I went back & forth this past Saturday between baseball and basketball. But I managed to catch every second of all 5 games! Somehow, it just worked out. And to top it off, Jackson won all 3 of his basketball games, winning the Explosion tournament. Pretty exciting stuff. The boys worked hard.
We celebrated with a pool party at the Morlang's on Sunday. Lots of food & drinks, wiffle ball, and the traditional belly flop contest. Good times were had by all. Especially Bella, who overcame her fear of the pool and by the end of the day was jumping in without her wings all by herself! She couldn't of been more proud.
I took this photo earlier in the week. Don't mind my dirty window (had no idea it was that bad).
I have been dropping him off every morning at school, and luckily, I'll get to do it every day next year since I will now be working at his school. We're both pretty excited.
He's getting better about letting me take his picture. I just had to ask. This is the picture I first got when I pulled my camera out.
Jackson has never liked pitching. This Spring, he told his Dad that he didn't even want to practice, that he wasn't pitching. He just couldn't handle the pressure and hated the way it felt on the mound when he wasn't doing well.
It was the playoff game, and we were losing 16-7. Top of the 7th, and it wasn't looking good for us. We had 2 outs, and the batter had one strike already. Coach Dave walked out to the mound, and I overheard Josh tell him, "Make him do it."
I watched as Coach Dave took the ball from the current pitcher and called for Jackson at third base to approach the mound. He handed him the ball. Jackson smiled a nervous grin, took a deep breath and looked up at the sky. His cousin, Kaleb, came over from first. I don't know what he said to him, but they touched gloves and he jogged back to first. All he had to do was throw 2 strikes, but I was a nervous wreck. Not only had he not pitched in years, but he hadn't practiced all Spring.
He threw 4 pitches. Two were strikes. It was all we needed to get out of the inning.
He came off the field with a big smile on his face. It didn't take much, but he had fun and he felt confident.
I was thankful Coach Dave gave him the opportunity; and thankful for Josh for "making him do it". And so proud of Jack for stepping up to the plate.
Yeah, I saw ya, kid.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, middle school, wine, video games, and schedules. I started this blog because I love taking pictures, and I needed a place to document our life. I wanted a place to write it all down, to remember little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.