Monday, May 17, 2010

Youth Sports: Sometimes Uneventful

Sometimes youth games are uneventful and that is a good thing. Games 45 through 51 were uneventful.

Game 45

My daughter, CC, missed her softball Saturday afternoon game due to a stomach virus. It takes a lot to knock her off a field.

Game 46 

My daughter, CC, was feeling better on Sunday morning. She was a little weak, but was ready to play soccer. She gave it her all, but seemed to tire quickly. The coach noticed and put her in goal. She made several saves and had yet another assist with a long booming punt.

Game 47

My Son, Nic, had a game on Sunday too. Although this was the 21st game of the year, it was the first league game. My son caught the entire game. He threw out a base stealer, the 7th time he has done that this year. He walked twice.

Game 48

My daughter, CC, went from the soccer field to the softball field. She loves her brother and emulates him when she can. When the coach asked her if she would like to be the catcher, she couldn't get the gear on fast enough. Ironically enough, she walked twice too.

Game 49 

My son, Nic, played in a doubleheader on Sunday. I had to miss most of the second game to watch my daughter play softball. Nic's team is the club's A team in the age bracket and they were playing the B team. I didn't expect the game to be very good and I knew that Nic wouldn't catch both games of the doubleheader, so I did not mind missing the game. After the softball game, I went to watch the bottom half of last inning of Nic's game. Nic's team was losing 8 to 3. Nic was in the batter's box as I approached. He walked, stole two bases and scored. The team rallied to make the game 8-7 with two outs and the bases loaded. A hit or a walk would have tied the game up, but the last batter popped it up and the B team prevailed. I can tell you that the A team did lots of running after that game.  

Game 50

Speaking of B teams. Nic's B team in volleyball was playing in the first round of the CYO volleyball playoffs. There is only one playoff for both the A teams and the B teams. Our team was the last seed in the tournament and therefore played the 1st seed A team. The kids on our team who started the season as good athletes but terrible volleyball players were starting to understand the game better. They actually gave the 1st seed a scare. Nic's team had the lead for most of the first game, but lost the first 13-15. In the second game of the best of three match, Nic's team was up 12-1, but lost 13-15 again. It was fun to watch them improve over the year. The end of volleyball means a little less craziness for mom and dad.

Game 51

The elite division for 9U girls soccer has 8 teams. Each team plays the other teams in the division one time. At the end of the season, the bottom two teams are demoted and the top two teams from the premier division are promoted. Prior to this game, CC's soccer team was 2-4 in the division and in jeopardy of being demoted. Unfortunately, the last two games on the schedule are against the 1st place and 2nd place teams. Last night's game was against the very tough 2nd place team, the Stingers. The team I predict will win the division.

The girls on CC's team know what is at stake and they came out and played tough. Actually, both teams played a tough for 20 minutes before the first goal was made by the Stingers. A few minutes later, CC's team was awarded a corner kick. My daughter was selected to cross the ball into the box. She put a perfect pass onto the foot of the center midfielder for a one-timer goal to tie the game up. The lead did not hold long and eventually CC's team lost 6-2. CC's team still has a good chance of remaining in the elite division, but they need some help.


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