Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. My JV season ended on a down note. The morning of our last games of the season - a double header, I woke up with severe allergies. I discovered I was allergic to pollen. I never noticed it before this year. I was at one of my summer league games the night before (playing shortstop) and it was out in a rural area. I noticed parked cars covered with pollen at the game. I must have gotten it on me. It didn’t bother me during the game or that night, but the next morning, my eyes were swollen, itching, and teary. I took some medicine, but it didn’t help. My nose was a runny mess, and my eyes wouldn’t dry up. I didn’t go to school, so I couldn’t play in the double header. So, that’s how my JV season ended.
Last week I got to pitch in my first summer league game. Our team is pretty bad. We have a lot of young players that just moved up from Little League. Our record is 0 - 5 and we’ve been run ruled in every game but one.
Since JVs ended, I’m now able to pitch on a regular basis. Well, my first experience wasn’t a good one. I couldn’t buy a strike. I gave up 3 hits and had 5 walks and we got run ruled 15 - 0 after 5 innings. You wonder how I could allow 3 hits and 5 walks and give up 15 runs? Errors. We had so many dropped balls and booted grounders. The short stop couldn’t throw the ball hard enough to get the ball to first even after making a good play on the ball. We look like the “Bad News Bears”. The team we played was one of the better teams in the league, according to their record.
After the game, the umpire came over to me and said, “You pitched good. I just couldn’t call a lot of those pitches on the corners because your catcher kept moving his glove after catching the ball.” He actually said I was hitting the corners. I looked at him in disbelief. I told my dad and my dad couldn’t believe it either. He went over to the coach to tell him what I had just told him and the coach said, “I know, the umpire just told me the same thing”. Wow. You go out and bust your tail to throw strikes, to work the corners and you get a umpire that doesn’t know the strike zone. Oh, yeah. I found out after the game that during the game, the other coach kept telling his players not to swing at anything above their belt line. And they didn’t. And they were balls too. His strike zone was about mid-thigh to the knees for me. For their team, it was the letters to the ankles. Lol. I can see why this team does so well if they get to play half of their games at home and have their own umpire. My team plays in the centrally located complex where 75% of the other teams play their home games. A few teams that are out in the country, get to play at home fields and use their own umps. Well, that was my first outing of the summer league season. Not a good start.
Last night we played a team that was about our equal. We still lost, but the game was close. I got to catch the whole game. That was the first time I’ve caught since fall ball, and I’ve never caught an entire game before. I only had one pass ball. I threw the first guy out that tried stealing second, so nobody tried after that.
I have a game this Thursday night, and hopefully, I’ll get to pitch again. It’s at another rural team’s home field so we’ll see how that goes. I pitched against this team last year and had a no hitter until the 5th inning when I gave up a lead off walk. The coach took me out. We were up 11 - 0. He brought in his assistant’s son and he proceeded to give up 11 runs and they tied the game. We ended up winning 13 - 11 in extra innings. That coach isn’t coaching us anymore. We’ve lost a lot of good players from last years team, so it could be interesting.
I’ll check back after Thursday.