Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Let's Play Ball!

We leave your regularly scheduled blog post (ha!) for this slight diversion.

Yes, I know. Stop laughing. Me? Regularly scheduled posts? I know. Just go with me on this one.

Imagine months of practice, hours of sweat, many camera flashes, and lots of prayers. All for what?

Baseball.

Say what? You are a soccer family.

Yes, I know. But Katie’s boyfriend, Catlan, who has been mentioned and seen here many times is a baseball player. A starting pitcher for the local high school team. A team that won its way to a chance at the state playoffs.

I laugh at myself because I have gotten sucked into the baseball scene. I have been checking stats of opposing teams and players, looking up articles, and other such stuff. And I’m just the “girlfriend’s mom”!




I have tried to attend as many games as I could this season but missed many. Of course, I missed the ones where Cat hit home runs. Sigh. It seems they always played the best when I was not there. (hint to me: don’t show up!)

The boys pitched, hit, and fielded their way all the way to the State Finals…the final two teams…the winner of which would be the State Champs.

The finals were this past weekend----yes, right after graduation. It has been a weekend, let me tell you. Graduation Friday night and baseball all day Saturday.

Anyhow, it was a best out of three series. I took Anna Grace to the first game where she kept asking me the whole time why we wanted Catlan’s team to win. Guess she didn’t quite get it, huh?



Katie and her friends paint up for each game. It’s been different each time. Well, for game two, the girls painted their boyfriends names on their backs. But then guess who didn’t load up on the sunscreen?



With one win and one loss on Saturday (ugh!), the third and final game was held on Monday right smack dab in the middle of the day. Whose bright idea was that? I left school early to spend the next three hours sitting in 90 degree weather in the blazing sun.

Why did I do that?

This is why I sat there dripping with sweat…..




For the WIN!! Yes, the boys at Northgate hung together to get the win as the Georgia Class AAAA State Champs!!



Katie and Cat


Cat


Katie and Conner (Cat’s brother)


Katie and Kara (the two biggest supporters!)


Some of these boys have played together since they were five. Can you imagine? Starting off in t-ball together only to win the State Championships your senior year. Wow.

This is certainly something neither the boys nor their parents will ever forget. What a way to end the year……and, for the seniors, end your high school playing days.

Congratulations Catlan and the rest of your team! We are very proud of you!

(and thank you Tracy for putting up with all my questions and text messages!!)

4 thoughts from friends:

Denise said...

Congrats to Cat and all the guys!!! How exciting. I bet that college is really glad they signed him now. But now that school and baseball are over, what in the world will you do now???????

BTW, I just finished a pretty good book...

Carrie said...

Congrats! What a great Mom you are!

Jboo said...

Congrats Cat and team! That is so sweet that some have been playing ball together since they were so young! How fun for their Mom's! So cute to see the sunburn name on her back! :)

Have a great week.

Janet

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Woohoo! Congrats to Cat and his #1 fan (Katie) and the girlfriend's mom!