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charlie_brownTeam Robbo had its opening game of the fall ball season this evening.

May I brag just a leetle?  This was easily the best ball game the eldest gel has ever played.  She was 3 for 3 at the plate, not pokey and hesitant as she sometimes was back in the spring, but eager to step up and put bat to ball with vigor.

As for fielding, the gel played three innings’ worth at catcher.  In our league, the first four innings are machine-pitch, followed by two kid-pitch.  The gel has always hated machine-pitch, but this evening she braced up for it twice, snagging pitches in the high 30’s pretty impressively and doing a great job of knocking down any balls she couldn’t actually catch with whatever part of her body was most convenient. And, And, not complaining about it!  A first, as far as I can recollect.

Yes, I think it’s fair to say that the gel is overcoming her fear of the ball.  This, as anyone remotely connected with the sport will tell you, is a monumental step, a clear line of demarcation between those who go forward and those who don’t.

I may tell you also that the gel was pretty durn proud of herself when all was said and done.  And I did everything I could think of to encourage that pride with word and gesture.  Why? Because I’m pretty durn proud meself.

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