Home Run King

It was a hot and bright Saturday at the ball field. It was the bottom of the fifth. The games have a time limit and there were only 10 or so minutes left to play (so it might as well have been the bottom of the ninth). It was the Knights last at bat. Two on, two outs. The score was fifteen to eighteen. We were down by three runs. Morale was low.

They even required a pep-talk midway through the game.

They even required a pep-talk midway through the game.

The boys were missing a lot of plays. Not a good day of fielding; the ball rolled and bounced out of gloves and between little eight year old legs. The Spy was making some solid catches and plays at first base,

And some base hits...

And had some base hits…

but it just wasn’t enough. It already seemed like the Knights had lost. It was the last at-bat.
He stepped up to the plate.

#7

#7

It was windy and quiet.The wind up…ok, well there’s no wind up: it’s the coach dropping a ball into a pitching machine that spits out 38mph base balls. He swung at a low pitch: strike one! Another low pitch. A swing, a miss: strike two. Another swing: foul ball! One of the other dads said, “He’s got the wind at his back.”
He swings. Crack! Or in the Spy’s version it is…

“Kerboom BOOOM SSSshhhhh poughhhhhhh (explosion) (another explosion)”

The ball goes higher and higher and sails far over the fence.

157 Feet +

157 Feet +

Beaming, running the bases, cheering along with everyone, he pulled off his helmet and pumped his hands in the air and looked like the happiest person on earth. The whole team ran onto the field and met him at home plate. They were jumping up and down and so excited. The crowd went wild. The game was tied. They drove in one more run and the game was won! I was so excited I didn’t even take any pictures!

Fortunately, the following day, Sunday, was another game, and ANOTHER HOME RUN!

Home Run Swing

Home Run Swing

Rounding Third

Rounding Third

The Team's Reaction

The Team’s Reaction

Coming Home!

Coming Home!

To Home Plate!

To Home Plate!

Home Run II

Home Run II

Celebrating, again!

Celebrating, again!

Happy Team!

Happy Team!

Woo hoo!

Woo hoo!

9 thoughts on “Home Run King

  1. Eliza Waters

    This is beyond sweet! I am so proud of the Spy! The look on his face is priceless. What a great memory for a kid to cherish & it is all captured here for posterity. ;-) Smoochie’s coaching is paying off!

    Reply
  2. shelly

    Absolutely loved the pictures and text! Best of all, I was blessed to see Spy make that remarkable home run! What a fun day. :)

    Reply
  3. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!

    Pitching machine! Wish they had those when I was in little league. Oh, the bruises.

    Reply

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