The earlier reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.
A one game friendly matchup with the Lake Forest Dodgers had us heading South at 7:30 am the day after a Halloween party. Again, never let it be said that I do not love my son. Even with "Fall Back" it was plenty early.
Rabbit started at first and was hitting third. We were visitors so he got up early, with a runner on third and one out. Second pitch he hit a perfect ground ball to the 1B for the easy sacrifice RBI. He looked comfortable at the plate, much better than last few times up. In the field he made his usual strong showing, another error-free game. Most importantly the communication between the fielders was excellent. At one point they actually turned a great play when Rabbit fielded the ball and the 2B had come over to cover. Very slick for a group of 10 year olds.
Second AB and Rabbit was down 1-2. The second strike was a swing so horrible he stepped out of the box and shook his head. He was not watching the ball, not rocking his weight, and not ready to hit. Whatever he shook loose on that swing paid off. The next pitch he drilled. Hard. Like adios senor pelota. The best sight a hitter can see is the center fielder's number. And it was getting smaller. 2 run home run, his first HR with Blue Wave. A great feeling and well deserved high 5s from his teammates. In his third at bat he walked on 5 pitches. At 3-0 the pitcher made a mistake that Rabbit fouled off into the parking lot. The next pitch missed the plate by more than a foot.
After that walk he stole second and came around on a triple to score his second run to go with three batted in. A great confidence boost after a rough outing last time. The team struggled though and made it close before winning 10-9. It was a good win and a great effort.
On the way home we talked about how it was nice for Rabbit to be the one to pick up his friends and help them out. Lately he has felt like he had not been helping the team as much as he would have liked to. It was finally his turn to help out with the bat.
Speaking of bats, got him a wood 30" bat for the cages. It is much heavier than his travel team bat. He swears he is ready to become a cage rat and swing until he breaks it. At $12 a pop, I am OK with that. Next step is finding a bat for Little League next year, and then see about a new OF glove.
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