Waaaaay back in April, I got a call from a guy who is on the little league board asking me if I would coach Jenna's team for pee-wee girls. He said, "Nobody else wants to do it." Only knowing that my daughter would be on the team and having no clue who else, I just agreed. I help coach Jenna's 10U team for the Ames League and really enjoy it.
Fast forward to the first day of practice in May. In the pee-wee division, it's 2nd through 4th grade. Now, not only is there a big difference physically in this age group, but also ability wise. I had Jenna and Josie (the catcher) who have played for a few years and play in the fall and spring and then I had girls who had never played anything before.
I came home from the first practice and I didn't even know what to think. I told Aaron if we won two games all season, I'd be shocked. I'm not saying that in a mean way, but in a we lack experience sort of way. Aaron responded with a, "Just wait and see and if nothing else, you'll help them with the basics and you can be proud of how far the girls have come from day one."
Then, a funny thing started happening. We won the second game and the one after that and the one after that....
We finished the regular season undefeated and tied twice. I couldn't believe it. They do a blind draw for tournaments and we had both of the teams we tied with (two very good, tough teams) on our side of the bracket. We made it through.
I'm sure most of you that knew me back in the day are not overly surprised that my daughter would be pitching. ;) She pitched every single inning this season. She worked hard and I couldn't have asked more of her. God bless those long limbs of hers!
Sunday, July 10th we played our final game of the season and I told the girls this was the last time EVER we would be with this exact team. I told them to just have fun and cheer on their teammates. We got behind, 1-0, and then came back to win. As you can see, more smiles from the girls!
Proud of her. So happy that Aaron got this photo.
COUNTY BALL CHAMPS!