To many of you out there, this may seem like any old ordinary baseball, but to me it is very important. To me, this baseball reminds me of the greatest happiness that I ever had in my entire life.
Here is the story: Last summer I spent most of my time playing baseball for my Yalesville All-Star team. Now, since we were 12 year olds, if we played well enough we could’ve made it to the Little League World Series which is broadcasted every summer on ESPN. To get there is a major accomplishment because you pretty much have to win around 20 games in a row and you can only lose around 2 or 3 games if you want to make it.
So anyways back to the story. We were playing our cross town rival, Wallingford. Now, our team has never beaten Wallingford. We came close a couple of times but we still lost every game we played against them. So in the Top of the 6th inning, (last one, Little League only plays 6 innings) my team was trailing by 2 runs. We battled our way and ended up tying the game at 5-5. Wallingford managed to get 2 outs so they only needed one more. My friend got the walk and then Wallingford took out their starting pitcher and put in their best one, Chris Ames. Now I wished that I could have batted against their other pitcher because I was 3-3 against him with 2 doubles and 1 single. So anyways, my coach calls me aside and says this, “Nolan, it’s ok to be nervous right now because I know there are at least 200 people here watching this game.” The cool part was it was true. Mostly all of Wallingford was there. We had people from all of our other All-Star teams there to watch it. He continued, “Nolan, I know there is only one kid on our team that would be able to get a hit right here, and that is you. Even if you make the last out of this inning, just know that you did everything you could for our team this year.” So with my coach’s talk I stepped into the batters’ box. The pitcher winded up and threw the pitch and I noticed right away that he had thrown a change-up and I hit as hard as I could and it got over the fence for a home run! I had won the game with that hit. We won 7-5, we had finally beaten Wallingford!
Last sumer was the best time of my life. I made friends from all over the state, Southington, Plainville, Bristol. I also got to spend my entire summer playing the sport that I love. Of course all the home runs were cool but it really was the best expirence of my life. I would give anything for another chance to play in that tournment one more time. I would highly reccomend to anyone that they should play Little League baseball because it is an amazing time to have fun and make friends. If you do play juswt work as hard as you can and give it everything you got because remember, you only get one shot to go to the greatest youth sporting event in the world. Those were the happiest moments of my entire life.