Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tournament Time for the 10u boys

Well, it was that time again, but would we get a full tournament in or would we get another rain out and cancellation? The weather was looked promising but then again--it had on the other tournaments too. I guess the only thing we could control was how we played as a team. We drew 10 and 2:30 games against two teams that we had yet to play---so here goes nothing. 

But first, a quick selfie with my dear friend, Kala, from college that was in town, at the same ballpark for the same tournament, just a different age group. 

The one thing that I have done a horrible job with this year, taking picture of the boys as they are playing. For Kaden's team I handle the book and for Logan's, well, there's really no excuse and once again, I didn't get any GAME shots so I took this one of Kaden in between our first two games. 

The Aces came out swinging and their pitchers came out throwing. Between the two games they scored 27 runs and didn't allow one run against them. 4 pitchers combined for 2 NO-HITTER games. This outstanding performance by the pitchers, their defense and then our offense gave us the top seed in bracket play and gave us Sunday morning off. We were scheduled for a 2:00 game and if we won, we were headed to the championship game. 

They won. They ended up playing one of the same teams that they beat the day before & beat them 17-1 keeping them alive in bracket play. The downside, we had a 2 hour window before our next game. Some teams enjoy a break, other teams lose their energy and sometimes even fall apart. 

We were the latter---well, I wouldn't say that we lost energy or fell apart but that day, the better team won and we came away with second place. Our lights out pitcher started on the mound and somehow he was rocked, their team hit EVERY HOLE imaginable. Base hit after base hit. Double after double. We were already down 10-0 after the first half inning. And then Kaden came into pitch, he held them for a few innings and then they started hitting him too and combine that with some mental errors from our team and they stretched their lead a little more. BUT the boys weren't giving up and worked hard each at bat but it just wasn't enough, we ended up losing 21-7. We were still proud. They had played some of their best ball to date that weekend and they earned that 2nd place victory.

We celebrated the victory that night but knew it was back to work the next day--I could almost bet that wouldn't be our last time seeing the Blues.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Flag Football for the South Boys

Football--not a new concept to us, just a new sport that the boys wanted to try out. Justin and I kind of talked about it and thought, why not. We aren't typically as busy in the fall as we are in the summer so we thought this was as good of a time to try as any other. 

Justin got Logan signed up to play with some of his baseball buddies & we got Kaden signed up to play with one of his baseball buddies too. Logan's team was going through Olathe schools and we decided i9 would be perfect for Kaden because it was a little less intense and since it was his first go with it, he may not be as hard on himself as if it was a little more competitive. 

Logan's team got some pretty sweet uniforms. & Kaden's team, not so much BUT he was still pretty proud of his jersey.

Logan also got a pretty sweet helmet. Makes me laugh each time I see him in it.

& they each got new football cleats and mouth pieces. Kaden had two pairs of gloves so he kindly let Logan where one of his pairs. & for some reason, Logan likes to wear tall socks that are different colors---actually works out well since every kiddo has a helmet on and their all about the same size, we have an easier time picking him out on the field. 

Good news---they both enjoyed their first game & couldn't stop talking about getting back out on the field the next weekend---I just hope the next weekend brings more fall like weather.