Many of you may be aware that my boys are into sports other than fishing. They will go fishing, but it's not their passion. This weekend my son James, wife JoAnn, and myself joined my son's U-15 Select team for an eight team tournement at Spooner Creek, near Blaine, Washington.
This has been a tough year for our U-15 team as they have to this point only won a couple games. The team has been slowly coming together and playing more compeditively, but this weekend they finally broke it out to a new level. Our first day we played two great games, losing the first 1-0 on a solo homerun, and tying the second 4-4 in extra innings. So we went into Day Two today actually having a shot at placing. Our first game we jumped all over the Timberwolves and blew them out 13-5. This put us at 1-1-1 and amzingly we got to play for third place.
We faced the Team Fitness, a team we had met about a week ago and lost to 9-1. We played terrible that game, but not this time. We started out scoring three runs the first inning, and they came back and scored 5 with a grand slam - ouch! But our boys found something this weekend, and rather than fold they battled back to take a 8-7 victory. My son James's usual position is 2nd base, but because tournements tend to go through pitchers he was called on to pitch the last three innings of the game. James isn't a power pitcher, rather, he relies on a wicked curve ball and great ball placement. He pitched about as good as I've ever seen him pitch, giving up one walk, one hit, and one run. He struck out the final batter of the day with a runner at second and sealed our 3rd place showing. The whole team did an amazing job of staying focused and never giving up.
I enjoy fishing, but I must say there is nothing I'd rather do than watch my boys play their passions - sports. Fishing is on a backburner for me at this point in my life. I know it will be there waiting for me when my sons are grown and off to college (Matt leaves this fall, and James in two years). So if you don't see a lot of fishing reports from me or new videos - now you know why! I know this stage in my life will be over oh too soon and I will miss it dearly when it is gone.