Go Big or Go Home
State championship running through my mind. A win tomorrow will be huge for
me. My team running circles around our opponents with a staggering undefeated
record, going sixteen wins and zero losses. Fans called us the untouchables. My
teammate Ryan Anderson stunning pitchers with a .687 batting average! Ryan was so
hot this year he bypassed the previous record with flying colors! The previous record
was a .598 batting average. That is a whopping .089 difference!
My name is Jack Hanson, this year I was named the all American pitcher in
Minnesota. My ERA (earn run average) was the lowest in the state. I was in the top
ten pitchers in the nation, the fifth to be exact. My ERA was a jaw dropping .87. My
team named me the team captain with Ryan. Ryan and I led the west central high to
the state championship. We went to go talk with coach Schak to come up with a game
plan against the previous state champions. As a whole team, they were hitting the ball
with a 3.38 batting average and they led the state in batting average. They too were
undefeated. Today coach wanted me to practice hitting the corners and keeping the ball
low. I had no problem with this but it was unusual. I throw the ball ninety-six miles per
hour. To be honest, the fans gave me the nickname “lights out” and would say “let’s go
lights out”. It seemed that anyone I faced couldnt hit my heat.
During practice I was working on hitting the corners of the strike zone and
today I was really struggling. I was getting really frustrated! Coach had a knot in is
throat. If I didn’t perform tomorrow the state championship was as good as gone. One
thing I’ll never forget coach telling me as he walked up to me after practice and said,
“kid we live or die with you”. At first it was a good feeling knowing coach had faith in
me. I went home later that night and I was trying to go to...