Tuesday, June 28, 2011

2nd Place

The World Series Baseball tournament is over. The Rangers got 2nd Place!! Seth fit right in with the boys as if he'd played with them from the beginning and he did SO well. I am extremely proud of him. The coach did an amazing job with the kids and we really like him. Seth is hoping to play with the Rangers again in the fall. There were some awesome plays made by every boy on the team and some amazing hits. Every single boy is very talented and it was an honor to get to watch them all play and to have my son included! The other parents made me feel so welcome and were so nice.

One of the games was particularly close and hard, and we ended up playing a couple of extra innings because we were tied. We fought very hard for the extra points we finally scored at the end, when one of our boys hit a grand slam! But we still had to get three outs since the other team was home team. They only needed 3 points to beat us after getting a couple of runs and had two outs and I believe at least one boy on base, if not more. I can't remember now, because I was shaking so hard, I nearly fainted. The batter was up and he hit a fly ball, and Seth reached up and caught it!!! I jumped up and down and screamed SOOOOO hard, I nearly peed my pants! It was so exciting! The coaches ran out on the field to greet the players as they came off the field and Seth was lifted into the air! The boys jumped up and down in excitement and we moved on to the next level!!! Here is a picture of the catch where you can see the 2nd baseman pumping his fist with excitement as Seth caught the ball, and a picture of Seth with his 2nd place trophy at the end of the very last game of the tournament.

Monday, June 13, 2011

If I may brag...

I am so very excited and proud that Seth was hand picked to be on a great team for a world series baseball tournament. This team is a very talented team that has been playing together for a while. They play fall, spring and tournament baseball. We have played against them more than once. They win every time!

I got an email on Friday from the coach that stated he would love to have Seth on his team for this upcoming tournament because a couple of his players had gotten too old, and he was missing his short stop(the position Seth usually plays). He said he had observed Seth make some great plays this season and said that he was such a great player that he is 100% sure having him on their team would take them to the next level!!! OMG!!! Now, I have confirmation that what I thought is really true. My kid is super talented!!!

I was surprised to learn that the selecting of players starts so young, but apparently, it is something that does happen. For this reason, we will likely start playing Seth in our local baseball league after next year so that his high school coaches will be able to see him play and know who he is. I never would have thought we would need to worry about this until I realized that the high school coaches from tri cities(where we play now) have been at several of our games, observing the kids. I mean, who would think that high schools start looking at age 7 and 8???

Seth is super excited to get to play for this team and a little nervous about playing with kids he doesn't know since he has only played with the same group of kids the last 3 years. We think it's going to be a great experience for him to work with another coach. It is important that he learns different styles of coaching because you never know what kind of coach you will get in school!

It never gets old watching him throw the ball so perfectly or catching fly balls while diving through the air. It never gets old to see him bust that ball to the fence and come running across home plate with a huge grin on his face. I love my little man and I'm so very proud of his talent. He came by it naturally and it's such a joy to get to see him do what he loves to do. To have other people ask for him to be on their team makes me burst with pride that I could never put into words for you to even understand!! Go Seth!!