The 11U travel baseball team, Smyrna Bugs, began their sixth season this past weekend.  With the fields finally being dry enough to play, the Bugs entered Saturday excited and ready for spring.  Sadness was felt by the Bugs as we found out Justin would remain on the disabled-list through the weekend awaiting an MRI on Monday.

It was a learning day for the team.  Saturday’s opponents were as eager to get a win as were the Bugs.  They split the pool play going …5-1 and 4-5 against a couple of tough competitors from Kentucky. This landed the Bugs a 9:45am start time on Sunday, requiring two wins to make it to the big game.

Sunday was windy, cold and threatening rain.  The Bugs took the field with Patrick pitching.  Patrick went all 6 innings getting a 8-2 win over the Southern KY Sluggers.  Steven hit his first home run of the season in this game.

Then we faced the KY Bearcats who brought the heat on the mound with a kid who pitched in the upper 50s.  Gresham took the mound for the Bugs going 5 innings giving up only 1 run.  Dylan finished out the allowing only 2 runs.  A few key hits on top of a couple of walks and ANOTHER home run by Steven led the Bugs to a 6-3 victory and on the Championship game.

The Championship game would see the Bugs facing the Nashville Knights.  Aaron took the mound and pitched a great game.  His first five innings he threw twice as many strikes as balls and equally dominated the game. Hits were hard to come by for the Bugs as the Knights pitcher appeared to be throwing close to 60mph.  The Bugs ‘rallied’ for 1 hit and 1 walk and no runs for a loss.

Although we walked away with a 2nd place trophy and medals.  Seeing the ball carry to the fence by the stronger hitters and the pitches increasing to the speed-limit of metro Nashville made the weekend less than a total loss.  We learned Steven can hit home runs and our pitchers are strong enough to compete this year.  We learned Brandon could catch 3 games in one day, throw out runners and still be able to walk to the parking lot.

It looks like a highly competitive year again for the Smyrna Bugs.  Stay tuned as we share our sports lives and growth as individuals and as a team this year.