Summer has begun..
Well it’s been a while. I’ve started a few blogs and just never finished! Since NPF season is 2 weeks underway, figured now is as good a time as ever for an update.
The spring ended on a high note. This year might be one of the most rewarding I have ever had. Many people think you shouldn’t go into business with a friend, but Lindsay and I defied the odds. I feel like that’s because we have always shared a mutual respect for one another, and we also have the ability to disagree or critique each other without taking it personal. That being said, year one was amazing.
Our Hilltoppers stepped up to our challenge. We knew it was going to be a long road to make the NCAA tournament, especially with our pre-season record. After a strong conference run, we finished runners up. Knowing winning our conference tournament was the only way we would get into the NCAAs, our kids found even more fire, and came out with a vengeance. My freshman pitchers stepped up big. Sarah Debrow got all 3 wins, 2 over conference winners St Mary’s, to earn tournament MVP. It was an exciting time knowing we were heading to Regionals. I can honestly say, as much as I have experienced in my own career, it is 100 times more rewarding to watch kids celebrate success knowing you helped guide them to that moment.
Even though we didn’t win Regionals, we still had a great run. Paired up with the #8 team in the country Angelo State, our Toppers didn’t back down. A 2 run homerun in the first inning, was all they got in the opening game. Saturday our kids came out with a fire again defeating the #20 team in the country, and eliminating Texas Women’s University who was receiving national votes. We fell short to Angelo State again, but not without a fight. It was awesome to see our players shine. Senior Miranda Yeager was Heartland Conference Player of the Year, while two freshmen pitchers made All Conference teams. The improvements each player made, and watching them become better human beings makes every day worth it. I can honestly say, I didn’t ever dread going to work.
On a personal note, I received my full release from the doctor on May 15th! I threw out the first pitch at the Astros game, and got to say hi and talk with Nolan Ryan again. The first time I ever met him was in Round Rock, and I was speechless. That night was by far one of the most fun. The Astros are actually putting together a decent season. Don’t write them off! These young guys are playing the game the right way.
NPF season is under way, and the USSSA Pride is 4-4 at the moment. I got my first start in Chicago, while it ended with a 1-0 loss, I felt really good in the circle again. It’s nice to feel my arm again, and to see my ball do what it’s supposed to do. Even more exciting was my first complete game of the season in Corpus Christi. Our team put up a great amount of offense, and I was able to settle in. I’m glad to say the surgery was a success, and I’m ready for the remainder of season.
In down time, I’m keeping busy with work for St Edwards, watching One Tree Hill on Netflix, and of course reading!
I’ll try to blog again soon…. Maybe another one with a good message like the last one about practice.
Thanks for reading!