This spring, we signed Elliott up for a second season of machine pitch baseball, but after a marathon day at try-outs, he was drafted into the kid pitch league, to play for the Pirates. Ross and I debated a bit back and forth about whether to keep him in the more difficult league or to bring him back down into the machine pitch, but we decided to leave him, and I'm glad we did.
He had a great coach, some really good kids on his team, and he really learned a lot. He mostly played center or left field and occasionally second base or short stop. He had some really great plays during the season, and even though he had a hard time hitting off of a kid pitcher, he really made some great improvements batting as well. And this kid of mine learned how to throw hard, and had a lot of practice pitching, and in his last regular season game he got to pitch the last inning. He was so nervous, but did a fantastic job and I was so proud of him, and was also happy that everyone was able to be at the game to see him do something so cool.
His team ended up only losing three games in the regular season which meant they were headed to a little tournament this week. Well, this week was cold and after a rain out on Tuesday, their first game was rescheduled for Wednesday but it was too cold so Quinn and I didn't go. And, we missed quite the game. In the bottom of the second inning, with bases loaded, Elliott hit a triple, knocking in all three runs, and his team blew the doors of to a pretty easy victory.
But, last night, victory did not come and the Pirates lost. Elliott was pretty bummed out. He loves baseball - maybe almost for the social aspect more than the actual sporting component and the fact that he didn't get to hang out in a dug out a couple of times a week any more was pretty upsetting to him. So, after a few tears, and some decent attempts at pep talks from me, the mom, and a trip to in-n-out, the kiddo seemed to be okay.
He is such a good kid and had a great season! He's got many more seasons ahead of him and I couldn't be more excited or more proud.