Wow, What a Weekend it Was!
|Jacob, Gabe and Charlie watching Andrew's game and waiting for the Home Run Derby.|
|Jacob swinging for the fences against the River Cats.|
Our next game was against one of the strongest teams in the league. It was a close game with some closely contested calls. Our team tied the game in the bottom of the last inning, and won with a bases loaded walk. All the kids ran out of the dug-out celebrating the walk off win. Unfortunately we lost both games on Saturday morning (one with the bases loaded down by 1 run!) and we ended up in third place for the tournament. Jacob did a great job and it was so much fun to coach those kids. They all played so hard and I am sure they will remember Friday nights action for a long time.
|Warming up for the Home Run Derby.|
|Back, back, back...GONE!|
On Saturday afternoon Jacob participated in the Home Run Derby. He hit 2 home runs in the first round as was part of a four way tie. In the second round he only hit one, but it was a great experience for him.
|Line drive to left.|
Andrew has a very good team and we won our first two games to advance to the championship. It was pretty crazy when I found out our opponents were the Maroon team coached by my friend and next door neighbor Brian. His wife Megan has a great write-up about our game on her blog.
|Win or lose still good friends.|
|Coaches going over the rules before the title game.|
All I can is "What a game!" My kids were losing 9-1 after two and half innings and they started to get down. Andrew had to leave the game after being hit in the mouth with a line drive. It wasn't looking good for us but the kids never quit playing. We fought back to 9-5, then 11-5, then 11-11, heading into the final inning. What a comeback! The Maroon team scored two in the top of the 5th to go up 13-11. We battled and tied it, 13-13 and had the bases loaded with two outs before our batter struck out to end the inning.
|I got drenched by the kids after the win.|
The kids went crazy running out of the dug-out to celebrate together. And then as a big surprise they all poured their water bottles on my head and shirt. I couldn't stop smiling! I have such a great group of kids and an excellent coaching staff; what a pleasure it was to coach this team.
|The little slugger and I.|
|The Champs. Black over Maroon 15-14 in extra innings.|
|Ready for my next triathlon.|
|My friend Dave and I post race.|
|1:38:05 and still smiling, almost to the finish line.|
It was definitely a busy weekend and the time flew by. I will remember this weekend for a long time, and it will be the highlight of my 2015 summer. I'd be remiss not to mention my wife who's love, energy and sacrifice made it all possible. Thanks babe! Also, I'd like to recognize Megan, Kristen, Rich, Daniel and the NYBA who put on a fantastic baseball tournament.