Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring T-Ball

Hudson's final season of t-ball is almost over!  Unbelievable!  He's not officially moving up to a new division next year, but they just added a 6 year old t-ball/coach pitch group of teams that he will be playing with next fall.  CRAZY!

I absolutely can not believe that this is his fourth season of t-ball.  Wyatt's seasons in t-ball went by quickly, but Hudson's are flying by.  It seems like he was just a little fella playing his first season.  And now he's playing his fourth!

This picture is super blurry, but I had to blog this little celebration between Hudson and Daddy.  He and his team mate Christopher got LOTS of outs together that inning!

This kid LOVES baseball.  So much!

Hudson hasn't gotten the game ball yet this season.  Let's just say that his father has higher expectations for him to achieve game ball status.  It honestly cracks me up because I can tell whether or not he's a contender immediately after he hits!

He loves to "pitch," just like his big brother did.  He likes to channel different pitchers with his motion.  Wyatt's was mostly a copy of Andy Pettitte's when he was in t-ball, but I think Hudson might be more influenced by watching his big brother pitch!

Great t-ball season, Huddoo!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spring Baseball

Wyatt is loving baseball...as always!  He is on a rec team this spring with a lot of his friends (kids he knows from playing with them forever, kids from his fall team, and even a few friends from school), and that always makes it more fun. 

Now that he's in Kid Pitch, there is so much going on!  He has to hit well off the kids who are pitching for the first time, be prepared if they're not throwing well (i.e. the ball is coming at his head!), focus on pitching, focus on throwing strikes, worry about runners, worry about the catcher not catching the ball, worry about BEING the catcher and letting the ball pass, and then worry about throwing out the runner.  It's SO much for the kids all at once.

Wyatt started Pitching Lessons last summer, when his old travel team was getting ready for their new season. He was going about once a week. They did a great job teaching him the basics, and he does a pretty good job practicing his form.  When he throws hard and focuses, man alive is he good at throwing strikes.  But if he's even just a little unfocused, well, those bases sure can get loaded awfully fast!  Ha!

I will say that he has a great coach (haha!), and his arm work is carefully monitored.  How often he pitches, how often he throws, where he plays....it's all checked closely by Daddy!  We never want his pitch count to be too high.  Wyatt has friends his age whose arms have already given them problems! That is absolute INSANITY to me!
And speaking of travel teams, this kid joined a new one.
More about that soon!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spring Softball

I guess I didn't blog much at all about our fall sports, so I figured the best place to start with spring sports is softball!  Reese finished up her final t-ball season last spring, and was 100% convinced that softball was the best choice for her.  We waited a bit to see if she would change her mind (Brian could coach her baseball team, he would stay with kids he's coached for a few years, and we think she could show those boys a thing or two on the field), but she wanted to play with "just girls."

Well, it took no time for us to see that she was totally right in her decision to play softball.  She LOVES it.

She ended up on a team with the best coaches, the best girls, and she learns a LOT.  Everything on this team "clicks" and you can see it on how the girls play, how they interact, and by the numbers in their win/loss columns!

Reesie knows what's going on when she's on the field, and she is focused.  She puts in her time in the outfield, but she also loves playing pitcher, shortstop, and third base.
I think one of the things that she loves about softball is that her team wears shorts. Ha!  No, but really, she was never a fan of baseball pants and belts, so I think the right clothes make softball even better!

 She is starting to hot her stride at the plate.  She and Brian have been working on her swing to find something that makes her comfortable!

Last week she hit her first "home run" at practice.  This is one of the best things about her team.  They get so excited for each other when they make big plays or hit well!

She also REALLY loves to catch.  It's probably her favorite position to play.

I think she likes being involved in every play!
And she can gun it back to the pitcher.