Tonight was Austin's first ballgame of the fall season. He was incredibly nervous all day long. This is his first season in Majors (11-12 year olds), and he was to be the starting pitcher. The bases and the pitcher's mound are considerably further away in this league. There are also some new rules that I don't understand, but serve to make the game more advanced. He had reason to be nervous!
This is our 8th season playing in this church league, so we really know alot of people. And tonight we faced arguably one of the best pitchers in the majors. He was on our team a few seasons back, but he is a year older so he moved up before us. He's in his 2nd year of Majors. He creamed us! Austin got up to bat twice --- was hit by a pitch the first time (in the helmet again... can people PLEASE stop aiming at my kid's head??), and the 2nd time he struck out.
As for the pitching, it was a struggle. He pitched 3 innings and gave up 3 runs. It's not too terribly bad, but walks and errors from other members of the team added up to an additional 4 runs. He struck out the last batter he faced, with bases loaded and 2 outs, so at least he ended his game on a positive note. We lost 3-7, but he felt positive about his contribution to the team, and that's all that matters to me in the end.
I'm glad this first game is behind us now! We play this season until the end of October! I think I'll be ready for my winter break from ball by the time that last game is played! :)