Friday, February 08, 2008

Listening to Erin Play Ball

Gerald and I spent our afternoon and early evening hovered over his computer listening to Texas A&M softball team play in their kickoff tourney at Cathedral City, CA. The announcers described the Big League Dreams Sports Complex and the beautiful mountains, and we enjoyed knowing Vickie was there watching her daughter catch for two All-American pitchers and for the team rated second in the nation. Gerry is at the San Fernando lodge with hunters or he would be in California too.

We were pleased to win over the New Mexico State Aggies 3 to 2 in the first game and disappointed, of course, to hear us lose to Cal Poly Mustangs 5 to 1 in the second game at Fenway Park. (Evidently each field in the complex is named after a Big League park elsewhere.)

Yet we agreed with Coach Jo Evans in the after-game interview that this was nothing to be discouraged about. We beamed when she praised Erin’s playing just as we had beamed when the announcers described Erin’s “pretty out” with one of her exciting throws. We cheered for each of her singles.

We will be tuned in again for tomorrow’s two games after watching Samuel play Upward basketball in the morning. We want to be at Rend Lake at 4 p.m. to see Erin’s cousin Drew Johnson and our young friend Jared Barger play for first place in the middle school Class 2 state tournament there. I am wondering if we can work all this in. We will do our best.

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