A happy 12th birthday on the ball diamond

Birthday: Reed City-Evart Major Division All-Stars celebrate a tournament win. (File photo)
Birthday: Reed City-Evart Major Division All-Stars celebrate a tournament win. (File photo)

It was July 9, 2013, My 12th birthday.

I had made the Little League All-Star team and we were scheduled to have a game against the Grant All-Stars that night. My team was pretty excited for the game that night, and we proved it by our hitting. We had built up an early 10-4 lead in the fifth inning, when things got crazy.

Grant rallied behind the power of their No. 3 and 4 hitters to tie the game heading into the bottom of the fifth.

There were two runners on base when Hunter Diehl hit a blooper down the right field line, and it rolled all the way to the wall. It ended up being an inside-the-park home run, and we had the 13-10 lead going into the sixth.

All we needed were three outs. Brandon Wirth struck the first guy out, but somehow Grant ended up loading the bases with two outs, and the tying run was on third, and the go-ahead run was on second. The kid on Grant hit a blooper into center field, and the tying run had already scored.

The go-ahead run would have scored, too, if Carter Pritchard had just given up on the play. But he didn’t, and he fired the ball back into the catcher, and we got the out at home to keep the game tied.

In the bottom of the sixth, Zach Saez got a single, and then Ty Sochocki hit a pop up that landed almost exactly where Hunter’s did, and Zach raced around third and came in for the winning score. We raced out of the dugout and mobbed Ty.

We felt like Big Leaguers that day.

It was an amazing birthday.