Follow Up – Friday Two Cents: Teaching Math While The Students Play Baseball


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Well on Monday we had the championship game for the softball league at the school. The game itself was extremely enjoyable and in the end it came down to the last few batters.

Let me set the picture for you. Both teams are lined up along the base lines in what I call a learning circle. We begin with the Canadian National anthem and then I gave some last-minute words of encouragement. The Lions have home field advantage and they take the field to warm-up and throw the ball around. We play slow-pitch with your own team pitching to you with four pitches maximum. The Eagles are up to bat and begin their routine with their pitcher warming up as well.

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Eagles and Lions Lined up for the Canadian National anthem.

Once the warm ups are done the balls are brought in and I (being the home plate umpire) call out “Play ball!!” The Eagles strike first and bring in a run and at the end of the top of the 1st inning it is 1 – 0 Eagles. The teams switch places and the Lions are up to bat. They rally back with 3 runs and at the end of the 1st it is the Lions in the lead 3 – 1.

The Eagles are up to bat again getting two players into scoring position but are able to cash in only one run. The Lions are up to bat and get two runners on base. Then a wonderful student in grade 3 whom no one expects to hit it far comes to the plate. But she surprises everyone and belts a line drive and ends up with a 3 run homerun. After 2 innings of play it is Lions 6, Eagles 2.

With the game being four innings long the Eagles where beginning to show signs of giving up. I constantly encouraged them saying its only the top of the third and they are only 4 runs behind. They come up to bat and are able to score one more run to make it 6 – 3 Lions. But the Lions are in control and they are able to score one more run in the bottom half of the 3rd to make in 7 – 3 after 3 innings.

With the Eagles coming up to bat I call out “Last Inning”. The Lions are excited knowing they are in control of the game.   The Eagles are a bit nervous with questions such as, “So what do we need to tie or win?” I let both teams know that the Eagles need 4 runs to tie, but the Lions do have last at bat. The Eagles are nervous but they come up to the plate like pros.  

From the first batter the Eagles begin a comeback. Two batters get on base with a single and a bunt in the infield. With the third getting out they are down to two outs to get 4 runs. The next batter fouls the first pitch but no the second. He hits a long ball to the outfield for a three run homerun bring the score to a very close 7 – 6 lead for the Lions.

With the next batter representing the tying run the Lions are focused to getting them out. The batter hits a short hopper to second and the fielder throws the ball to first to get the runner out. Two down, one to go. The next batter is ready and bunts the ball but the fielder cannot control it and the runner is safe on first. The Eagles are cheering, as are the parents and their supporters. They have the tying run on base and the go ahead runner at the plate. The Lions look nervous but ready. The batter misses the first two pitches but not the third. He hits it shallow and the infielder near the pitcher grabs it and throws it to first. The ball gets there and the runner is called out and with that I call out, “That’s the Game!” The Lions jump for joy realizing that are the 2015 Champions, with the final score Eagles 6 and the Lions 7. The closest final in the six years I have been running the league.

2015 Medals

2015 Medals

I handed out the MVP balls to the two players (one Male one Female) and then the medals to all the teams from 1st place to 4th. Everyone gets a medal (the two teams that lost in the semi finals both get bronze medals), then of course the Championship Trophy to the Lions.   Even though everyone could not win the trophy, in the end, everyone had a smile on their face and everyone told me that they all had fun. Which is the only truly thing that matters.

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The Eagles – 2nd Place winners

The Lions - 2015 Champions

The Lions – 2015 Champions

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