Our season ended today. Yesterday's momentum survived into the 3rd inning, which was cointinued from the previous game; we scored two more runs to take a 4-run lead. Then, they just whalloped us, hitting several home runs and showing why they're one of the best teams in the state. It feels good to know that we competed with them for a few innings, but it sort of sucks that yesterday's game was delayed. When we arrived, they had a left-handed coach throwing breaking pitches to their hitters, saying things like, "Don't swing at that, that's exactly what he'll want you to do." That extra preparation and practice was probably the difference in the game.
Still, it was a pretty good year. 11-4 in the regular season, 2-1 in the playoffs. It was also a tumultuous year, filled with some controversy and waves. I wasn't the greatest coach in the world, but I sure worked my butt off. If I don't get fired from the position next Jan. 2 - a distinct possibility, like it will probably be every year - then I will do a lot of different things every year. The team will be totally different, as I'm losing 13 seniors, including 7 of 9 starters. I've got some good young talent, though no ideas yet about several key positions and lineup spots. And I'm sure I'll notice some of the huge holes that I've taken for granted this year, like four years with one of the best catchers in the city, and the last two years with one of the most talented pitchers in the city, and four years with a kid who knows playing the game better than I do.
It feels good to end the season on a good note, though, and, honestly, it feels good to end the season. I'm really exhausted, and am living my life pretty unhealthily right now - Monster energy drinks (sugar free, but still), way too much fast food, not enough sleep, not enough exercise. I've got to snap back into a more healthy lifestyle starting tomorrow.
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