Wednesday, August 10, 2011

After the Boys of Summer Have Gone

Baseball season is officially over.

It is bittersweet.  Bitter because the game that eliminated us was certainly winnable (is too a word!) and thus ended the (LONG) season.  Sweet because now we're only focused on ONE sport--football.  A sport that Hubby is merely assistant-coaching, not head-coaching.  (It will be nice to have my husband back.)

So after winning the Western Mass State Tournament (during our Cape vacation), we lost in the quarterfinals of the Cal Ripken U9 Regionals in Bethel, CT.  The entire long weekend was a family affair, as Middle, Baby, my parents and Hubby's parents were all there to support the team:

Their love for baseball concession stands knows no bounds...

My Facebook posts pretty much summarize our entire journey:

Saturday vs. Exeter, NH:

Losing 6-0 against Exeter, NH. Not lookin' good!

Game over. Mercy rule. We lost 12-2 & play tomorrow @ 12:30.

Sunday vs. Maine:

‎5-5, bottom of fifth! We are up...

RALLY!!!! 8-5 us! Top of sixth now--just need 3 outs to win! Gotta hold 'em!

We won!!! 8-5. Came back from a 5-1 deficit! Next game is tomorrow at 8pm--crazy!

Outback Steakhouse, here we come! 

Sarah vs. Stress (stress wins):

I am cranky and tired and sick of baseball. But hey, goooo us! (We play Plymouth, MA, the Eastern Mass state champs at 8pm tonight...)

Monday vs. Plymouth:

Game faces

Good game! Tied 3-3 after one.

Losing 5-4 top of third--we are visitors.

After a bad third, we are now losing 8-6.

Top of 5, down 6-10.

Down 8-10 bottom fifth.
Eldest on the mound
 
This is it. Top of sixth, down 8-12.
 

On deck


Heartbreaker. Lost 10-12. [Eldest] drove in 2 runs with 2 outs & then got thrown out at third.

Game over.  Season over.

The tears.  You would not believe the tears coming out of all those little boys. I couldn't bring myself to snap any pictures.  Poor little buddies.

But it was certainly a great run, with memories to last a lifetime.

And I couldn't be prouder.  Of both my boys.

 
The evening concluded with a poignant Father-Son talk about Winning, Losing and Life.

4 comments:

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

My post is going up later.... had to think on it... bittersweet is right!

Vodka Logic said...

win or lose, it's how you played the game... I know my kids wouldn't want to hear it either.

My daughter played Pop Warner football when she was little. they lost every game, every one... we had a blast

Houston Web Designer said...

Those are some great pics! Sorry your season was cut short, especially since you feel like you should have won the game. Better luck next year!

MommaKiss said...

great pictures. i know how much your whole family was involved ;)

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