My daughter is playing softball for her third year in a row. She started when she was four. Her father has been working hard with her, even in the winter when they throw in the house. We haven’t broken any windows yet. This year, they have had the 7-9 year old girls group start pitching, which has been fairly pointless. Basically, there are three automatic walks and then the coach starts pitching with the bases loaded. The girls aren’t too accurate yet.
This year she started on a pretty bad team. She was out of town for the tryouts, so no one got to see how good she is. She is easily the best catcher on the team. Her usual spot is first base, which is pretty darn effective, because she can catch just about anything she is thrown. Unfortunately, they’ve had her on the pitcher’s mound for the first 3 at bats each inning, and she’s not a very good pitcher because she’s only been practicing it for about 3 weeks. She expects to be good at it right away because she forgets that she has been practicing throwing and catching and batting for 3 whole years. I think she does more good on first base and they should keep her there.
Since I am now doing the travel doctor stuff, I have 2 or 3 weeks at a time at home now to spend time with my family. I have been going to all the softball games and practices. My husband and I have matching Ladybugs t-shirts that say “Bean’s Mom” and “Bean’s Dad” on the back. We went to the grocery store after a game all decked out and several people commented on what a cute little family we were. A looks super cute in her Ladybugs uniform: red ladybug T-shirt, black pants, and red and black socks with ladybugs on them. She also has a red Cardinals hat and a ladybug hair ribbon that she can’t wear because her bobbed hair is too short.
I was at the first game that they won and I took pictures of the whole thing. I got some great pics of her making some plays at first and batting. Of course you will now have to suffer through these pictures because I am so proud of her! She is a bit discouraged that her team doesn’t win too much but they are getting better and they actually won again last night! It got cold this week after a storm and we were all bundled up at the game yesterday.
So here are some pictures of Miss A. on her team playing softball:
Maybe the weather will be warmer for the next game.