As June came to an end, so did the travel ball season for both of my girls. We start in February, practicing as a team, but for my youngest ball season started in December. She is a pitcher and we practice pitching once a week in the gym along with a couple of her other teammates. This is the third year that we have played travel ball. The team that my youngest daughter plays on is the Comet Attack. They are 10 girls from Cardinal that are under the age of 10. I along with two others help coach.
This year we started with four girls returning and six “newbies” (never played travel ball before). We started the season playing in our first tournament in April and finished 2 and 2. As the weeks went on we became better and the things we were working on at practice were starting to click. We played in a USSSA State Tournament that was held in Des Moines the second weekend in June. My daughter, Nicoa, pitched us into the championship game. We played a team that had only had once loss on the season and Nicoa handed them their second loss. As a mom and a coach I couldn’t have been more proud of her. We ended up in the championship game and finish second. The girls received silver rings for their accomplishment.
The next weekend we played in the ASA state tournament that was held in Coralville. The tournament started Friday night. We won that game and then on to Saturday. We would keep playing until we were beaten twice. We remained undefeated on Saturday and then Sunday all we had to do was win one game and we were in the championship! We won Sunday morning so now it was a waiting game to see who came out of the loser’s bracket to play us. It was the Davenport Wildcats whom we had beaten our first game on Saturday. They had worked their way back through the loser’s bracket to meet us again. Nicoa was on the mound for the championship game. This mom and coach was nervous! It was a back and forth game. This team was a different team than what we had played the day before (figuratively speaking). We took the lead in the top of the fifth and all that was left was three outs and we were state champions. Nicoa struck the first girl out….. and then the second one she hit, so they now have a runner on base that could tie the game. The next batter, struck her out, out number 2! We now have two outs with a runner on third. The next batter up…. Struck her out! She ended the game with 11 strikeouts and our team was state champions! It was so exciting! One weekend we are runner up and now state champs! As a coach I was so proud of all the girls, how they have grown together through the months. As a mom, words cannot describe how proud I was of my daughter.
We finished the season 24-10 which surpassed our record last year and we are so excited for what the future holds for these girls.