Blogging on the road is harder than it looks. Well, it is for me. There are a couple of things that made this challenging.
- Mixing iPhone and Camera images can be cumbersome and tricky.
- RAW (the image format) sounds great in principle. In practice, it doubles the number of images you have to deal with and gobbles up your storage.
- It’s hard to have a rhythm when you travel.
- If you spend all of your time on your keyboard you might miss the thing you came to see.
So having said all of there, here’s the skinny.
Matt is the 2014 Pitch Hit and Run 13 & 14 National Champion
How about that? It was a close contest. Andy from North Dakota actually hit 4 pitches while Matt only hit 3. After that Matt did what he has always done and just focused on the things he can control.
After the pitching they went to hitting. Andy had a few nice hits off the Tee, but they were pretty far off the center line.
If Matt was going to make up ground, he would have to do it in the hitting. Each pitch is worth 75 points for a maximum total of (6 x 75) 450 points.
Hitting, however is open ended. It is double your distance. The record is a whopping 365 feet – held by a 12 year old believe it or not! That is a 730 point value. More than many kids total score.
Matt’s first hit was a line drive to second base. Not a great start. His second hit was much better, about 275 but thirty feet left of the tape. His last hit was the championship shot. Everyone oohed and ahed when he hit it. I would later find out that it was 294 feet, four inches off the tape. Suddenly Matt was right back in it.
The final challenge was running and both Matt and Andy put in times very close to 7 seconds. The question was, how did they balance out? Was 4 pitches more valuable than Matt’s long hit?
In the end, Matt’s hit made the difference. He was crowned National Champion with a score of 1226.
Later Matt told me that none of the kids did as well at National as they did at home. There were a couple of reasons for that. First, they have travelled, there is a lot going and it’s a daunting being there. The same thing happened to Ryan’s group.
But, at the end of the day the real award was shagging fly balls in the outfield during the home run derby.
Matt was out there when Geancarlo Stanton hit his epic blast ¾ of the way up the deck in left field. It was awesome from the seats, I can’t imagine what they looked like from the ground.
I could not be more proud of Matthew. He put in the work, and he earned it.
If you want to see all 177 photos (integrated from my phone and my camera) as well as the picture of both boys with their trophies, check out my iCloud Pitch Hit and Run 2014 PhotoStream