Thursday, July 18, 2013

Last Baseball Game

Wednesday was C's last baseball game this season. He was very sad and upset that the season is over.
His team played very well this season. They went on to State Championships. They won their first 2 games, but lost their last 2 knocking them out of the bracket.

After the game, the team huddled up for their usual post-game chat with coach. No one wanted it to end. The kids were all asking if they could have practice tomorrow. 

Oriole Team - C is second from left - Family, Baseball
Last Baseball Game

We presented both Coach and Assistant Coach with these plaques. 
I got the idea off of Pinterest. I cut open a baseball, soaked it in hot water so it would lie flat, then took it to a game so all the boys could sign it with their numbers. Then, I tacked the ball down on the plaque. I got official Orioles badges and glued them on. - Family, Baseball Coach Gift
Baseball Coach Gift
Both coaches were very happy with the gift. One coach mentioned he had wanted to bring a ball for all the boys to sign as a souvenir. Well, we did one better.

They always finish up with a huddle. This is their last huddle-up.
C is number 6. - Family, Baseball
Last Team Huddle
C had a great season. He wasn't even sure he wanted to play this year, as last year he didn't have much fun. Now, this year he has decided that baseball is is favorite sport.  Last year, his coach never held practices, kept him in the outfield or on the bench, and never offered any type of help. This year, his coach was amazing: they had practices several times a week, which the kids all LOVED and never wanted to leave; they played several different positions, rotating around the field; they were given lots of help and advice to improve. And they never wanted to leave.  C was visibly upset once the last game was over, coach saw him crying in a corner. He was trying to hide his tears at the post-game huddle. 

But it isn't over entirely.
Coach is planning a Kids vs. Parents game next week. That should be interesting. 

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