Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Finally Getting to Play

This past weekend was Austin's second game, but the first one that he got to actually play in. His first one was rained out. Everyone was excited about it and we ended up with a gorgeous day to play.
Austin's team is made up of 4 and 5 year olds, but a couple of them are almost 6. Only one kid has played before, so they are all at about the same level of play. At this age, they are just getting the basics down and it's pretty fun to see them play. Fighting over the ball with your teammates, decisions over which way to run the bases, and actually paying attention to the game are some of the harder parts of playing at this stage!
Austin did really well and really enjoyed playing. He is the only left handed batter on his team (but he throws right handed?!?) and he hit really well, but got caught up on another hard part of the game...running when you hit the ball (they tend to just stand there and watch where their ball goes). So, he got out at first base. In one of the pictures, you'll see his coach taking the bat and kind of nudging him to first base. Our team was having the kids sit down when they got out...the other team was not (which was confusing to me...why not be consistent?).
There was only one time when Austin said he didn't like it...when he missed two ground balls that went through his legs. The next time they were supposed to be out in the field and his coach was assigning positions, Austin raised his hands and said, "Coach, I wanna bat!"
Overall, I'd say Austin had a blast and loves learning how to play. Will he be an all-star? Who this point, we are just happy to see him playing with kids his age and having fun being active.
I love this picture for some reason!
Here's a slideshow of some pictures since there were too many to post, but I couldn't decide on just a few!


Yvette said...

Sooo cute!! Oh and that is totally correct that he has his glove on his rt hand. Jacob bats right but catches with left..notice the first baseman.

Yvette said...

Oh and that kid bench frickin adorable!!1