This softball season was one of the most fun times as being a softball Mom. Charli was on a team that I loved and with a coach that I will miss. The firecrackers have held a special place in my heart since Charli first started playing ball. The amount of fundamental skills she learned from Coach Howell and John is amazing. They were patient every season and gave the girls the uplifting they needed when they called for it.
These girls have always found their way in playing well together. Some of the girls live for this sport and although CB really only "lives" for horses, she truly loves softball. It was such a blessing seeing these girls interact, cheering and befriending one another. This is a huge thing that so many little league sports lack these days. It's more about the memories than the trophy.
The team went the entire season without being defeated. Let me just say how NICE this is after being on the total other end of the spectrum for two seasons. Although at tournament time the girls let a game get to their heads and were defeated which meant they would go into the losers bracket. They would have to play six games in one day to win the championship with the last two games being agaisnt the team that had first beat them.
The girls started playing at 8:30 on a Saturday morning and thankfully we did not leave the ball field until 8:30 that night with first place trophies in hand.
It was fun and a proud moment as a parent but these girls deserved it. They played the last game as if it were the first of the day and just absolutely played to win.
CB had goals to hit better during that day and completely accomplished them. Even though she is not at the top of her game I love the fact that she is getting better with each season. I hope that she continues to love this sport and I hope as a parent that if she does not I accept it with full grace.
The firecrackers ball team or what is left of them will now move up in age groups as Charli Beth stays in the 8 & under division. It slightly makes me sad but I just hope we find the perfect team once again.