Wednesday, July 30, 2008

And So It Ends

The guys lost last 5-4, ending their championship run. That's the short version.

Here's the longer version. They came back, after being trounced 9-0 in the first game to nearly defeat the Senior League Cubs, who are a great team with great coaches. This after losing one of their starting pitchers to a broken leg in the playoffs. They played hard and played well, but in the end, the Cubs played a little better.

Mark, one of the coaches on the Cubs, who had two sons playing on the team, deserved a championship. He's given the league-- and Adam-- a lot. Mark was Adam's coach a couple of his earlier seasons and did a lot to encourage Adam's love for the game. One year, he drafted Adam over kids who had a lot better stats because he knew that Adam worked hard and was open to advice in improving his game.

In retrospect, the season was awesome-- the most fun we've had in years. As I've mentioned, Adam's coach last year stuck him out in right field all season last year. This year, he got to play first base, third base and even pitch. Adam got to show his mentor, Coach Mark, how much he's improved in his game by playing against him in a championship. His hitting and speed have improved dramatically. He played-- and pitched-- in a league championship. I'd say that's a pretty nice way to end his six year stint in the Welles Park League.

7 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Wait 'til next year!

Dave said...

I hope you made clear to your son how disappointed in him you are.

'Bubbles' said...

Is he finished in the league? Where does he play next, school ball?

GETkristiLOVE said...

He's practically grown up at that field, and it's totally cool you're always there to support him.

SkylersDad said...

It's nice that Adam got to play for a coach who "got it" and he learned to love the game.

Bubs said...

Tell Adam congratulations on a job well done! I'm looking forward to hearing more about his adventures when we see him next.

Cheer34 said...

Are you sad that he is finished with this league? I know I was when Double G and Jenny G were finished with the youth league and moved to the JV and Varsity teams....some of the fun was lost during those moves....