Sam had his first and second wee ball games last night. He played a doubleheader as part of the pre-season Ward 9 wee ball tournament. He had a game at 6:30 and 7:30- HA! Two hours on the same field in the same dugout with the same 3-4 year olds was a bit much. By the end of the second game, half our team had gone home and half of those that were left were exhausted and emotional. Thankfully, Sam was still having fun because he discovered how fun it is to chase moths! HA HA HA! It was such a funny, highly entertaining game. Travis’ parents and Trey were able to go. We had so much fun laughing at the players (and cheering them on, of course.)

The first time out in the field, Sam played 3rd base.

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However, he didn’t like the other team’s players to stand on his base- you will be able to see this on the video at the end of this post. He also would stand there and chat with the runners.

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In wee ball, there are no strikes or outs. Every player bats every inning. That resulted in all kids batting twice each game. Sam practiced in the yard yesterday and Mum Gail taught him to say “swing that bat and bust that ball” and so while he was in the on deck circle he was standing there chanting that.

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His team’s shirts haven’t come in yet and so Sam was wearing his Harry Potter shirt. ๐Ÿ™‚

When he got up to bat, Coach John had to be reminded that Sam bats left-handed. He is the only “lefty” on the team.

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Can you tell he takes his time running the bases?

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Whew! He made it to 1st. High 5’s to the first base coach.

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Two batters later, Sam made it to 3rd base. On the way home, he collided with one of the other team’s players.

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Thankfully, Mrs. Mandy (Coach John’s wife) was there to help him up and send him on his way.

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Sam then thought home plate was another bag to stand on and so he wouldn’t move. HA!

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The next inning, Sam played 2nd base and wasn’t as possessive of this bag.

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When it was Sam’s turn to “stay in the circle”, he enjoyed chatting it up with one of the coach’s daughters. Sam calls them “his girls.”

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Once their conversation was through, Sam’s bat because a horse.

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He lost focus when he saw me trying to take pictures. He had just shouted “hey mommy” when I took this picture.

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He has the arm pumping thing figured out. Now we just need to work on speed.

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Another High 5.

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Learning how to “shake hands” with the other team.

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“shaking hands”

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The second game…

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Oops!

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This one was a good hit. I like his nice “follow through.”

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Getting ready to run to 1st…

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and deciding to run a funny route to the bag…

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Yay! He made it!

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Once Sam would make it to second, he would unbuckle the chin strap on his helmet. He then would “run” the bases pulling it like a train whistle and yelling “chugga chugga choo choo”- HILARIOUS!

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His next time out in the field, he played first. I do believe he looks like a natural for this position.

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(small FYI- the lady in scrubs in the background had just given her son inhaler puffs. He told her he needed “a breather.” HA!)
Apparently, Sam’s “ready position” was just to get him ready to play with the sand.

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Not quite sure how he is going to catch a ball with his glove on backwards.

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Focused.

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As you will see in the video, while he played 1st he chased moths around. He looked like he was having some kind of pentecostal experience out there in the infield. I laughed so hard I almost cried. I think we should avoid late night games. HA HA!

His last time in the field, he went back to 3rd and “his girls” stood with him.

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After the game, they received their medals for participating in the tournament.

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Sam was more interested in his “snack”- capri sun and sour warhead strips… two things I am pretty sure he has never had.

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We celebrated his first games by going to a REALLY late celebration at Splurge. FYI- our little ball player didn’t go to bed until after 10:30pm. YIKES!

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Close-up of his medal.

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Here is the video I compiled of the various things that happened during the game.

It was a fun game and I am definitely looking forward to the next. I am also glad that it shouldn’t be a doubleheader! Whew- that was rough!

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Steph