Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Sluggers!

As you know, we are super busy with baseball but we are all really enjoying it!

This week seems to have been a turning point for both of my boys. They have both started to hit really well. So exciting to see them improve week by week. Let me back up...
Colton has a very laid back personality and is not a highly competitive person! This is a good quality in a lot of ways but sometimes it makes him less motivated about sports. I am glad that this season he is a little more into the game and has more emotion about doing good or bad in the game. Anyway, he doesn't usually hit the ball when he is up to bat. He has had a few foul balls and a hit that got caught right at first but mostly strike outs. He does great in practice but in a game, the nerves get him and he lacks the confidence to take any chances. With it being kid pitch, the pitching is a little harder. Cody and I were getting a little frustrated for him(don't worry- we didn't tell him that) because we know he has a good swing and the coordination to really hit. Anyway, the other day we laid out a bribe reward. We told him if he would work hard and do extra practice at home without complaint and got a hit in the game, we would take him to get a new Skylander. He didn't have to make it on base or score a run, just hit the ball. So we practiced hard and at last night's game, he was pumped! His first chance to bat, he hit a great hit and made it onto first base. When he got there, he did a little victory dance. =) Then his second time at bat, he knocks the heck out of the ball and gets a triple! He was so excited and so were we! That means he gets two Skylanders but the better part is that he gained confidence. I think that is what he was lacking. It was so awesome to see him do so great!! SO proud of our #8.
Here is a video I took of the second hit(glad I was ready). You may want to turn the sound down because I am an obnoxious cheerleader. =)

I am hoping this boost of confidence helps the hits continue! 

He posed for a few pictures after the game for me to text to my parents. They are ever faithful fans and rarely miss a game but happened to be out of town this weekend. They were so upset that they missed it!
Reenacting ;)
Cooper(who plays coach pitch) has a pretty competitive personality and is always wanting to do extra practice. He had a great week this week too. After a lot of batting in his practice, he got a hit all three times at bat in his last game and two out of three times in his game today. Nice to see it clicking with him. He beams when he hits it and we do too!  Here he is hitting a ball today that got him on base today. So proud of my #3. 

Nothing better than cheering on my boys!!!


Hillary said...

Ack!I'm trying to watch the videos and they say that they are unavailable :(.

Good job guys! We're soo proud of all the great hitting!!


Natalie said...

Awww they look like such the little ball players! Can't wait until my boys are that age!

Texas Mom said...

Amazing hits! GREAT job boys. You cheering was hilarious! You go momma!

Nicole Rodriguez said...

So fun!!! I LOVE little league baseball! It is seriously my fav!!! My 12 yr old isn't playing this season and I'm heartbroken :( And my 5 yr old try to play this season (for the 1st time) but was just to anxious and wasn't feeling it... Anyway - we'll try again! I'll just have to live vicariously thru your boys! Ha!