Little League season is done.
Markus had a transition year this year – moving up to the next older level of play. As a hitter he had to really learn to develop his “eye” to be able to tell balls from strikes.
And to not get hit in the process.
He worked on becoming a switch hitter and I thought he looked like a pro in his stance.
He was proud to be the first string catcher on the team.
However, catching created the quandry of whether he could develop as a pitcher. All of the other kids were getting the opportunity to try their hand at pitching during the games but the rules are that the a player cannot pitch and catch in the same game – and they needed Markus to catch.
It was not until the last game that he got his opportunity to pitch – and he did pretty well for his first time.
He was spot on without a batter and still threw a good number of strikes with the batter at the plate. The kids tend to worry about hitting the batter when they are first pitching and Markus was no different. But his speed was good, he worked well with his catcher and the ability to make that batter disappear in his mind when pitching will come. His coach wants Chip to work with him over the summer so he can pitch next season. Don’t have to ask Chip twice on that one.
Football season starts August 1st. Oh my.