The excitement of playing baseball on a holiday weekend inspired the Bugs to play hard and step up to win several games.  The word TEAM seems to stand out as we look back over the weekend of games. All games were played against teams we have faced often.  That brought both knowledge and awareness of how tough the weekend would be.

Friday night we faced a Nashville based team who had beaten us previously.  They once again held strong, but the Bugs pulled out a win.  Then Saturday another tough Nashville team came out and gave us a strong challenge. The players moved around in various positions to fit the needs of the team.  The team spirit came to life as all tapped the helmets of the players who sacrificed or scored.DSCN0970

Sunday, as usual, started with a rain delay.  We faced a team we had faced the previous weekend in the championship game.  It was a nail biter!!  I was serving at church and had to get the play-by-play via text message from Susan Cobb.  She is an athlete and kept me informed with the short texts of baseball terms.  Although the terms were easy to understand, the anxiety of not being there and knowing the Bugs were struggling to stay in the game was almost to much to stand.

Going into the bottom of the last inning the Bugs were down by 4 with the top of the line-up coming to bat.  The team stood strong encouaging and chanting every pitch.  Still this would be a tough win to pull out.  However, a walk, a couple of hits, a squeeze play and a line drive put the Bugs into the win column.  This led us to a four hour wait for our next game, but the rains came and moved the semi-finals and championship game to Monday morning.

The Bugs would face the ole rival: Franklin Ravens.  Always a tough and exciting game, the Ravens were tough as ever.  Left-hander Aaron pitched the entire game with only 68 pitches.  The opportunities were available for the Bugs to take the lead, but something always held them back.  The players shared excitement and frustration as a team.  Batters would ground out only to meet a receptive crowd at the dugout door.  It the ground out happened to advance a runner or push a run across the plate, batters always received the helmet tapping by all the players.  As the Bugs would run off the field they would encourage and chant for each other to get their helmets on and stand ready.  However, all the team work did not pull out a win, (loosing 5-4) but did unit the team a little deeperDSCN1060.

NEXT:   The Smyrna Bugs head to Lavergne on May 29th for the Summer Jam where they will be among the 14 teams going for the championship.