Tonight was Kyle and Owen’s first Little League baseball game. They’ve been practicing with their team (our town’s I8 team) for the past few weeks. But tonight was the first game.
K & O played T-ball the spring they were 4-turning-5-years-old. That started out ok, but they quickly became enormously bored with it. They hated batting off the T– it just seemed like a joke to them since they had been batting thrown pitches since they were 2-years-old. We made them stick that season out, but by the end they were bored out of their minds and they pretty much hated T-ball. We figured we’d just not play organized baseball for awhile– at least unit they were old enough to play real games with thrown pitches.
Well, they are old enough now… and they are LOVING IT.
Tonight’s game was a really, really, really big deal for them. They had been waiting for this night for awhile, and in the past few days their excitement had reached a fever pitch. They lost the game. Kyle struck out twice (he’s actually the best hitter on the team but his nerves/excitement got the best of him). Owen got a couple of good hits. Kyle played 2nd base the whole game. Owen played short stop for half and pitcher for the “kids-pitch” half. They are really good little baseball players. And in the end, the game wasn’t exactly the awesome-dramatic-home-run-hitting-victory they had hoped for, but they had a good time and it was a good game.
I was so proud of them tonight. They are good team players, and good athletes. It was very fun to watch them play 2nd base and short-stop together, working as a twinny-twinny-force-to-be-reckoned-with-on-the-baseball-field. I have a feeling we’re going to be watching a lot of baseball games in our future (and not just this spring either).