We went into it knowing this tournament was going to be a hard one! There were new rules to the game the boys haven’t played before and barely had time to practice. From leading off and balks to drop third strikes! Not only did these boys have to adjust to the rules, they had to play in cold, rainy weather! Not the typical baseball weather that we all love!
Due to the weather, the boys played one pool play game Saturday and then the other Sunday morning. Saturday’s game was a challenge especially since we played a Pittsburgh team that was used to the rules. The boys battled but came up short losing by 2. Sunday morning’s game was an upset as well, losing by 2.
At this point, we just wanted the boys to win at least one game so we weren’t coming home 0-3. After yesterday's loss, everyone went back to the hotel because there was a long break before the single elimination games started. Due to the break, we didn't know what to expect from the boys when we returned to the ball field. All we knew was it could be a long, cold night spent at the baseball field!
Before the single elimination games started, the coaches gave the boys a pep talk reminding them of what kind of team they are! These boys are an united team that when they are playing THEIR game, they are unstoppable! As soon as the game started, you knew they were hungry for the win! From top to bottom of the batting order, they were all hitting BOMBS! No team had a chance against their bats! The boys fought their way through two back to back games before the championship game. Final scores of those games were 11-1 and 11-2.
Now onto the Championship game at 830pm and we are playing the Pittsburgh team! The first time we played them, our boys didn’t show up and play like they normally do. This time, they were ready! That team had no chance against our boys! The bats continued to stay hot but that wasn’t all. They made amazing plays on the field! The outfield was knocking everything down, infield was making routine and hard outs such as hard line drive catches BUT the game wouldn’t be complete without amazing pitching from the mound and catching behind the plate! The game ended with a beautiful diving catch at 1st base! Final score 16-8.
No matter what, never count these boys out and they proved it this past weekend that’s for sure! Whatever it takes, they got it!
Written by: Tara Villarreal #ParentsPOV #NatsNation
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