During July of last year, I took a trip to Florida to play baseball in the Senior League All-Star Regional Tournament. This was the best trip I have ever taken. The trip was paid for by the Little League Organization. We stayed in a hotel located right on the beach.
I enjoyed this trip for quite a few reasons. I love playing baseball. I enjoyed hanging out at the beach with all my friends. I also liked getting away from Elberton for a while. In the tournament, we did not do so well as a team, but we did become closer and more like a family.
One of the best parts about going down to Florida to represent the state of Georgia is how our community got behind us and supported us. We raised enough money so no one had to pay out of their pockets for jerseys or hats.
We faced a lot of adversity in the tournament. We came out in the first game doing really well, but we had a rain delay that halted our momentum. This really hurt us because after the delay, no one was really ready to play. We blew our lead and ended up losing. After the loss, we were placed in the loser’s bracket. Our hearts were broken. We all knew it was possible for us to come back, but the chances were very slim. Our team aspired to respresent the South East in the Nationals, but this dream was slipping away.
None of us enjoyed knowing that our run at the National Championship was over, but we did have a really good time in Florida. Everyone on the team got a laugh out of it when two of our teammates got trapped and attacked on the beach by about 30 crabs. They ended up running about a mile down the beach and walking back up the main street next to the beach.
I also had the experience of trying to learn how to surf. It was not long until I discovered this was not going to be a hobby of mine. I was terrible at it. I decided that I would stick to just playing on the beach and in the ocean instead of trying to ride the waves. On the other hand, I did find a good way to pass time at the beach. I played whiffle ball with my teammates. We would play for hours on top of hours.
The only bad thing about my trip was I had to miss school. This put me behind on my school work, but I quickly returned home after the tournament and caught up on my class work. The hardest classes I had to catch up in were Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced Placement Language. These two classes required quite a bit of work and concentration to figure out what was going on. It was tough, but I did it.
Overall, I am glad I was a part of this trip. I really enjoyed it. I was glad to get to know my friends better and meet a lot of new people from all over the South East region. I felt honored to have to opportunity to represent the great state of Georgia and the community I live in.
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