Another season of baseball is over for the Gray boys, and they capped it off in grand style on Saturday!
On a sizzling hot day both of the boys' teams played for the league tournament championship.
Kaden's (back row, 2nd from left) minor league Orioles finished 2nd in the tourney as well as 2nd in the league.
Karter (bottom row, 2nd from left) and his major league Cardinals came through the losers' bracket, playing 3 games in 90+ degree weather to win the league tournament, after placing 2nd in the regular season.
Here are a few highlights from a fun summer season of baseball...
Inside-the-park homerun, baby!!!! Kaden had several this year.
Kaden was a great first-baseman...
...but he loved being catcher the most.
He also did a great job as pitcher!
What a great season he had! I was most proud of him for his terrific sportsmanship and encouraging leadership of his teammates!
I think Kaden had fun too!
Lest you think all the action is on the diamond, there was plenty going on off the diamond too!
I would entitle this photo "Baseball Sisters." Kassie and Kelsey found friends who were in the same boat as them...lots of their brothers' games to watch.
Kassie even lost her first tooth at the ball diamond this summer!
The Gray boys' cheering section for most of their games...
I am quite partial to this coach and so proud of him for the great role model he is.
Kristoffer was the manager of Kaden's team and a coach for Karter's. This was a common pose...chewing on sunflower seeds and contemplating the game situation...
This was Karter's rookie season in the "majors." He improved so much over the summer and gained a lot of confidence!
He got several hits, including the game-winning RBI in the tourney championship game!
A favorite coach once told his daddy, "Baseball is a game of failure. If you get one hit out of 3 at-bats, you are considered a great hitter. That means 2 of those times you 'fail.'" It's a slice of wisdom that teaches a lot of life lessons...
When Karter got on base (he walked several times too, as he has a very good eye for the strike zone...)....
...he was a fast and smart baserunner.
Most of the time, as the younger inexperienced players do, Karter found himself playing outfield.
But once or twice he had his opportunity to play infield and did a fine job.
Loved watching my own Boys of Summer...
...capping off a sizzling season!