Saturday, July 25, 2009

A group of Winners!!!

The boys had game 1 of a possible 3 games last night for the tournament. We had found out that 6 teams including us had ended up tying for 3rd so they had a coin toss for placement and we lost every toss putting us in 6th DANG IT! We still werent concerned we all thought we would go all the way until we heard who we were up against first.. Estes Park the last team to beat us 8 games ago and they didnt just beat us they had crushed us. They boys were mellow and you could tell they were nervous and it started out pretty slow for us. BUT we started catching up, we were looking good the boys were in a groove until their pitcher started walking us and the boys lost their momentum it seemed. They played with a lot of heart though these really are an amazing group of boys and really neat parents. Anyways it was obvious that we were gonna loose this and we all got pretty bummed, we ended up loosing 17-7. I must say that that is a MUCH better score than our first visit with them AND these boys were all a whole year older and a head and a 1/2 at least taller than ours.. we were joking that their pitcher who had a killer curve ball already had a mustache but we heard the deep voices on some of these boys and it was clear that there might have been some age cheating happening.. so sad!
BUT the boys had a blast and even though they were all clearly heartbroken about the loss they all kept their composure and left with wet eyes but smiles on their faces! We had won the last 7 games in a row so we are focusing on that!!
Kaden and Dallin improved so much the last 1/2 of the season both hitting really well! Dal played outfield and sometimes 3rd and Kaden alternated out and 2nd base which he loves! Im excited to have a whole week off until football starts UGH!!
We hosted the end of the season party today and had a bar-b-que and everyone came and had a really great time, we ate and ate and ate and then hung out then had a water fight, which I got NO photos of because I instantly retreated to hide my camera! But the boys got the coaches really good and the boys all went home soaken wet! LOVE our coaches so so much they are just amazing. I am not even kidding you have never met coaches like ours, they know just the right amount of strictness and sweetness, NEVER a mean word towards the kids, you can tell when they pulled in their frustration and found words of encouragement when things were going downhill. I cant thank them enough for helping build these boys up to the level they are at, I know they all have grown so much in these last couple of months!! So thanks coach Dave and coach Jim, you guys are amazing!!
Heres some pix of our last game.
Love this pic of Dallin
Ready to play some ball.. I kept thinking its gotta feel awesome and nerve racking walking onto the field for this type of game.

ball stance!

Dallins ready!

Maddie and Malia have been amazing during these games!
Seriously Malia would sit for 2+ hours and just hang out having snacks and singing row row your boat!
At bat
Nice cut Dal
Hanging out
YEP its dark! We played under the lights last night, it was so fun!
He was only getting pitched balls but decided to go after one anyways!

The coaches will call each boy up and say amazing things about them its so heartfelt and sweet. They said that they "recruited" Dallin from Utah and how great he did and that he's welcome back every year!
They said Kaden is the kind of boy you love to coach.. what a compliment!
The girlie girls sat and watched
One last hoooo-aahhh!!!
Good season boys cant wait for the next... who am I kidding yes I can!!!


Haley L said...

As always, great photos!! Great party, great food, great kids, great coaches. Thanks for a great day! Already looking forward to next year.

tamiz said...

WHAAAAAAAAA! From me and Elias. Makes me cry. I'm so sad to have missed all that and know we won't be part of it again. UGH! Those boys and coaches are one in a million. SIGH.

alison said...

I remember that Estes Pk team from last year--they were a pretty fierce team!

Congrats on a great season!