18-0! What a season. In baseball, more than any other sport, it is extremely hard for a team to finish a season undefeated. Yes, it does happen, but not as often as in football or basketball. The worst team can beat the best team on any given day. There are several factors that can change the outcome of a game. A pitcher can throw the game of his life. The hitters all of a sudden get very hot or very cold. Defense can be a big factor. The worst team in the major leagues usually wins more than a third of it’s games. The best usually loses more than a third of theirs. I took great pride in watching my son’s team go 18-0. I have coached every player on that team at one timeor another. I hope that I helped them all. Whether it was knowledge that I passed on to them, help with their fundamentals, or my baseball instructional videos I shared with them, it felt great watching their achievement. Some of the players have spent a great deal of time at my house hanging out with my son. I always seemed to find a way to get them to watch my baseball instructional videos or at least throw or hit. I do let my son and his friends have their video game time or time to play. I always do look for ways to help them improve their games.
The 18th game of the season was a doozy. We had already played the other team twice. We beat them easily both time. Only this time, their players seemed to be bigger and look older. They had suited up their varsity players that weren’t seniors. They wanted to try to end our streak. It really wasn’t that big of deal. About 5 of our players, including my son, have seen significant playing time with our varsity. Only our players were all freshman and sophomores. They had juniors. We had our work cut out for us. It ended up being a pretty ugly game. We jumped out to a 7-1 lead after 1 inning. After 2 it was 9-1. We were feeling pretty confident that we would be victorious. About the fifth inning, the wheel came off. They ended up closing to within 11-9. We were running out of pitching. That’s what 7 games in 7 days will do. We had to bring in our firstbaseman to pitch. He had not pitched but once all season. He throws hard, but is extremely wild. We joke with him that as a pitcher, he is a very good hitter. My son was catching. He had caught every inning of both of the day’s games. I figured he was getting tired and now he would really have to work. I was very proud of him. Although there were several pitches thrown wide and several more in the dirt, he managed to keep them all in front of him. I guess all of those times watching his catcher’s baseball instructional videos and practicing paid off. We ended up winning 13-11. After their last batter struck out to end the game, there was a massive dogpile at the mound. What a sight. To them it was like winning the World Series. Hopefully they will end the Varsity season with a dogpile as well. I’ll keep you posted.