WARNING: ABOUT TO BRAG ON ONE OF MY KIDS. I KNOW THIS CAN BE IRRITATING. BUT I’M JUST SO DANG PROUD I HAVE TO. FORGIVE ME.
Monday night our Living Stones Church minor leaguers from SouthEast Little League were playing in their second tournament game. They lost the first on Saturday, and since it is double elimination, they had to win this game or we were done for the season.
It wasn’t good. By the fourth inning the Living Stones Church team was losing 7 – 2 and the kids were demoralized and giving up. Quite honestly, I think all the parents in the stands thought our loss was inevitable too.
Then, in the 4th inning, my son Caleb walked to the pitcher’s mound to begin pitching. He normally plays 3rd base and I think has only really pitched once before in a game. He likes to at home all the time. And he is really quite good, but when he performs in front of the coaches, it just isn’t the same. So…I’m instantly nervous. Like…heart beating out of my chest nervous.
Caleb’s first three pitches were balls (but close). With the count 3 – 0 Caleb threw three straight strikes to strike the kid out! And then, he struck out the next two batters. Three up / three down! Now things were getting excited.
In the top of the 5th, LSC came back and scored some runs to make it close. Caleb returned to the mound in the 5th inning. Before it started, he removed his mitt, bowed his head, and prayed (sweet and theatrical at the same time). He had another great inning striking out two more batters.
Then in the top of the 6th, LSC scored more and went on top 10 – 8!! We were winning. So, in the bottom of the 6th, we just needed Caleb to hold them to win the game. He began the 6th inning praying on the mound again. And then, one out occurred due to fielding. Then a guy got on 2nd and another on 3rd. With one out and two on base, it was starting to get intense.
And then…Caleb struck out the last two batters to hold the score and win the game!! We were yelling. Caleb was yelling. The kids at the end of the game rushed the pitching mound and hugged him. We got a hug from a parent in the stands. It was simply awesome!!! I was so proud.
OK…bragging over. Thank you for your patience.