We followed the baseball team to Bowling Green and spent Monday and Tuesday watching baseball. The coach told D16 he would be pitching 4 innings on Tuesday, so he was really excited. The weather was fabulous, especially the second day–so sunny and pleasant. The baseball diamond at the high school there was beautiful, and it was a very comfortable and well-funded facility. We were all commenting–with some trepidation–that it must be a really good team.
Our team played great and handily won its first game Monday afternoon against an out-of-town team. Then the local team (whose beautiful facility was hosting the event) stepped out on the field for the second game. And to our surprise, D16 was announced as the pitcher. Ack!!! His first start as a varsity pitcher.
D16 is #31.
Well, D16 pitched well for a developing pitcher but defensively the team just fell to pieces, it seemed. He didn’t get any help on the field. Oh well, I think it was a good trial-by-fire experience. The other team turned out indeed to be formidable. Their pitcher pitched a no-hitter–and our boys can usually hit well. :-/ But on the good side, as I say, D16 pitched well, all things considered, and he pitched the whole game. He didn’t lose his cool in a difficult situation.
Next day, D16’s team won their first game again, and then faced the local team (of the previous evening) in the championship. They played great, but the other team won by one point.
Anyways, it was a great time, and we were really proud. We had a nice time eating dinner with the parents of another newbie on the team.
More baseball tomorrow.