Softball season is almost over.
Although my blog started out two years ago as an outlet for me that I shared with family and friends, it’s grown into something bigger than I ever anticipated, so most of the posts here are written with a larger audience than just my “in real life” circle. I’m deviating from that focus just a little bit today, but I hope that it’ll be encouraging to a few of my “imaginary” friends and readers, as well.
My brother-in-law has been saying he wished he could see Sarah Kate play softball, so I carried the Flip video camera along for Monday night’s game. The first video is from Sarah Kate’s third at bat of the evening. Just try to ignore my voice on the video – I can’t help myself. 🙂
The second video is of her first at bat. Pay special attention to the man in the stands behind me who speaks around 20 seconds in.
“She’ll get it next time.”
In the moment, I didn’t hear him. It wasn’t until I was reviewing the video that I realized what he’d said. He wasn’t talking to me, or to Mr. Andi, but to his mom that he was sitting with in the stands. The players couldn’t hear him. The coaches couldn’t hear him. Sarah Kate may not be able to run fast, but she’s a consistent hitter, and everyone recognizes it.
When the season started and she did relatively well, I was happy, but braced myself for the inevitable end of the season when the other girls would be much improved but she wouldn’t. Yes, it’s been tougher for her to get on base, but she’s still a valued member of the team. She bats in the middle of the order, which isn’t too shabby.
Due to my poor video skills (whoops!), you may be wondering if she was safe or not in the second video. She was. The first baseman (who’s one of the best players in the 8U league) made a classic mistake: assuming the easy play and looking ahead to the next one. She was so focused on getting the runner ahead of Sarah Kate out that she failed to tag the base.