Everything is flying by so quickly and as the saying goes, "Time flies when you're having fun." And that statement is true for me.
This past weekend signaled the start of postseason play for our county's baseball and softball teams. Between last Friday and Saturday, I covered seven ball games within a 30-hour span. By no means am I complaining. Being on a ball field is something I love. I wish I could go back and relive those days that I played but seeing the success of others first-hand is an enjoyable experience as well.
Pine Grove freshman Carson Rowland tied a national high school baseball record for hitting three home runs in one inning in Game 1 against Blue Mountain. Only six other players across the nation have accomplished such a feat, and one being former Falkner standout Will Robertson, who did it back in 2011. Witnessing Rowland's historic day was just awesome. That game was the sixth of the seven I covered over the weekend. I was tired, hungry and in all honesty, ready to go home. But Rowland's display over power was riveting in a way. For a moment, I got over my fatigue and started remembering how blessed I am that this is my job.
This job is one of long hours. I certainly logged some long ones last week and when I look what's ahead, I know that it's only going to continue. With the rain last week, many teams are still playing their first round games this week on top of all those that have already clinched their spot into the second round.
Beginning next week, the spring football practice period begins for local teams with their spring games on the horizon that potentially could clash with a deep postseason run by any number of baseball or softball squads.
After the graduation season comes and goes, all the baseball and softball teams will pick back up for summer ball. Basketball teams will hold tryouts and compete in tournaments over the summer. Football teams will work out, play in 7-on-7 tournaments and attend team camps. In the meantime, other local athletes like Walnut golfer Kye Meeks will play in some big tournaments that will garner my attention as well.
That's the outlook for the summer months and then before you know it, fall camp will arrive for those football teams as they prepare to start their seasons.
Amidst all of that, as a faithful church member, the youth camps and the conferences that fill full weeks will keep me busy for the amount of time when I'm not at one of the other aforementioned sporting events.
Maybe I'll have time to mow the yard at least once this summer.
But seriously, it's a lot of time and effort. I know I'm not the only one. I always see the same parents at all these games. And with the ones I've gotten to know, they all work jobs just like I do. They attend church just like I do and they still load up the van virtually every night to head to the ball fields just like I do.
The sports life is a busy one. But I wouldn't have it any other way.