In the middle of stretching the varsity coach shouted at me, “Green! Get your ass over here and run!” I ran down the 3rd base line and stood next to coach. “I loved your work in the off season and I think you can find a starting spot on varsity.” My face gleamed with joy, I told thanked him and started warming up with the varsity squad. My first few varsity games I was the most nervous I have ever been in my life. When playing varsity baseball you are not only playing for your team, you are also playing for your community.
As a freshman I knew I was going to be overlooked. Too much of my surprise I was placed on varsity for my pitching abilities. This only fueled my passion. Not only was I on the team but I played! Can you imagine the other team looking at the roster and finding out then were going to let at thirteen year old freshman pitch to their nineteen year old senior batters?
Several years ago, I decided that my passion was baseball. It was my favorite activity, and I practiced in my free time. In seventh grade, I planned to audition for the school baseball team. I desired to make the team more than anything. My skills were consistently satisfactory the previous years; however, this was different.
I was so excited to meet all kinds of new people and play the game we all love, but I never thought it would be as challenging as it has been for me this year. Softball is a big part of my life and who I am, but should I have to be as dedicated as my coaches make me be? I am a freshmen at American River this year I am attending school and playing softball. When I decided to play softball I new it was going to be a lot of time and hard work. But what I did not realize was all of the things I was going to give up.
I asked him what I need to do to get better. His response was simple but set the tone for my new mindset for the rest of my baseball career. He told me that all I had to do to get better at baseball was “work hard”. With this new thought in my head I went to practice with one goal in my head, to “work hard”. At times during those that first month of practice, I started to lose sight of this new vision my dad had given me, but was refreshed fully when I started to notice changes in my baseball skills.
He played baseball until his freshman year of high school because he started struggling with his grades and then his junior year, he played again earning a full-ride scholarship to college. When Evans’ was little, he went up to bat against a girl but struck out. Stereotypically boys should be better than girls at sports but Evans’ was able to respect that a girl had beat him. He expressed that you must respect the game, when you respect the game it influences you to respect other players and then to respect your fellow peers outside of the game. Evans’ also said players must be capable to adjusting to the pitches in the batter’s box, ups and downs, and this relates to the adjustment of a diverse world, people must be accountable for what they do and how they help others.
After about a year my pitching dreams came true and pitched a couple of innings in a game. After that happened I realized that I didn’t want to just play third base and pitcher in order to play more in games. My coach had asked me if I wanted to learn how to be a catcher because my team only had one and she wasn’t going to be able to play next year due to her age. I agreed to try it and I instantly liked it because I felt in charge and in control of the ball. I finished playing summer softball as the main catcher for every
My favorite wrestler is Chris Perry, but I didn’t learn about him from watching him, I learned about him from a wrestling camp. I would have loved to watch his matches, but by the time I learned about him he had graduated. That made me very angry and I hope that it is on more this year so that I can follow my favorite teams. Some of you may disagree with me and say that wrestling is on enough or that there is higher demand for other sports. I would respond by saying that if they had put wrestling on more in the past there would be a higher demand for it now.
My primary position on the junior varsity team was quarterback. Although we had many outstanding athletes, our first season was far from successful; however, my eighth and ninth grade years, we went undefeated in football. In middle school, I continued my baseball career with the school; yet, my desire to be on the diamond shifted more towards football. Sports brought a glorious feeling into my life in middle school; on the other hand, not everything turned out the way I had expected, for a tragic event changed my life forever. Something horrendous occurred to my close friend, Payton Mitchell.
It’s One or The Other When I was 4, I started to play soccer. I was very young to start, but that didn’t faze me. I’d go around kicking and screaming with joy. After a while of playing that sport, I became interested in playing softball because I would watch my big brother play; I have always looked up to him. As I became more interested in both of the sports, I would always want to play, didn’t matter what time of day, the weather conditions, whether or not I had anybody to play with.
My pitching coach encouraged me not to give up and I became even more determined. When the fall ball season started, I again made my intentions known and continued receiving the same response. Until my mother 's boyfriend started taking a prominent role in my life. I told him about my aspirations and he witnessed that I had become a talented pitcher. After the first fall ball game and my step father observed the coach 's response and as the coached chuckled and he noticed my step father observing him, but he had no idea that the man observing him was my step father.