It was a busy summer at the ball fields for our family. All three kids played and all three were on separate teams. Jacob moved up to baseball, Sarah played softball for the first time and Adam played t-ball again. I was really happy with all of their coaches and they all made some good improvements over the season! 3 teams made for lots of evenings at the ball park and running between 2, sometimes 3 games at once, but we managed to make them all and have fun!
Adam was excited that his daycare sponsored a t-ball team this year so he got to be on a team with his own friends and teachers! He enjoyed that. Just like last year, he started off the season excited and ready to play, but fizzled out mid-season. Thankfully after the All-star and vacation break, he came back ready to finish off the season. He liked playing first base and pitcher the best.
Sarah made a tough transition from t-ball last year to machine-pitch softball this year. That's a BIG jump with lots of new rules, too. She was happy to be on a team with several friends and she knew her coach from school but their team was young and inexperienced compared to the other teams. They unfortunately didn't win a single game, but the girls all made improvements over the season. Sarah got much better hitting at the plate and even made a few defensive plays for outs in the last few games.
Jacob's league was probably the most exciting to watch. His team was competitive and had the most teams. He played against friends almost every game and made big improvements over the season. He didn't know anyone on the team at the start of the season but definitely made some new friends before it was over. He had a very encouraging, positive coach that we really liked. They probably won at least half their games and made a good run in the tournament - making it into Sunday but losing their first game that day. Jacob got much better at the plate - getting a couple doubles later in the season and rarely striking out towards the end. He often played outfield or catcher and has paid a lot of attention to the roles of each position. He's definitely learned a lot about the game and defense! The day after the season was over, he said he already missed baseball and still often wants to practice here at home. He can't wait for next year!
With summer sports over, we look to gymnastics for Sarah again and basketball for Jacob. Its tempting to let him give travel ball tryouts a chance but I want him to try other things at this age and not get rutted into one sport so young. He thankfully hasn't asked to tryout so we'll wait on that a few more years hopefully. We'll continue to practice with him to help him improve and let him grow in other areas as well. Adam hasn't expressed interest in any other sports at this time which makes our busy lives a little easier! We'll see what the next year brings for him!