Two more games today, including one against their biggest rival. (It's funny how sports has a way of creating rivalries, isn't it? Even at eight years old.)
Two more games tomorrow, too.
G's is going to pitch but I'm not sure if it's today or tomorrow.
His velocity is consistently 47-48, which is up a bit from a couple of months ago. I don't put a gun on him very much as I don't want him to overdo it (and hurt his arm trying to hit a big number), but I do think it's good to know what's going on and that seeing where he's at is important from time to time. His accuracy is pretty damn good, too. He'll paint corners believe it or not, working inside and out.
His change up has improved a lot, too. It's a devastating pitch for batters, really. He throws it around 41-42, which is a huge difference from his fastball, plus it has late movement down and in to a right handed hitter. It's nasty! He's been throwing it now for the last few months, but his accuracy with it has greatly improved over the last few weeks. He'll still airmail one from every once in a while, but not nearly at the rate he used to. It's starting to become so reliable that he can throw it no matter the situation (i.e., count, base runners).
He's starting to throw a cutter as well, but he's still learning it. The movement with it isn't as consistent as we're wanting right now. Sometimes he'll move it six to eight inches, but more times than not it's only two or three inches. His ability to throw it for a strike is getting better, but it's not where it needs to be to throw it in a game yet. It's coming.
The team has three exceptional pitchers, and G's is obviously one of them. The other two guys are freaks of nature, both throwing in the low to mid 50's 9they are the tow fastest pitchers at this age level that I've seen). Neither of them have the control that G does, but they're close enough. Neither of them have secondary pitches, either (although one is trying to learning a change up).
When he's in his groove, G is like an artist out there. It's damn fun to watch, I'll tell you that.
Pretty cool to have an eight year old pitcher throw three different pitches effectively, huh? He's not quite there yet, but that thrid pitch probably isn't a month or so away from becoming part of his arsenal. The great part about it is that we have a tremendous little catcher on the team that really understands how to use his body and how to frame pitches. He's phenomenal behind the plate.
We're in the process of buying a new home (been renting for about three years as we've moved around the state for the wife's employment). One of the items of the checklist is whether or not I can build a batting/pitching cage on the property. We have three options going right now, and one of them is perfect for what I'm wanting to do. It's at the top of the list. We'll know something in the next several days.
Live with egrets, not regrets.