Friday, June 03, 2011
This is Jacob's first season of baseball. The first night of try outs, he was hit by a ball from a pitching machine. It crushed his fingers against the bat and really hurt him. He all but wouldn't go back for his first practice and was afraid of the machine. His patient and dedicated coach got him started on the T at practices, then moved him to the batting cages. We met his coach and his coach's sons more than once between practices to get extra practice. Soon Jacob was slamming every single pitch at practice, but seemed to strike out at every game. Last game was his first hit, a double! Then a single later in that game and tonight he again hit both times he was up at bat, another single and double, so he was given the treasured game ball by his coach. It has been a joy watching Jacob overcome his fears, learn how to be a team player, and fall in love with a game!