While it was fun to watch. It was also unfortunate to see so many of the parents get way too emotional and vocal as the tournament wore on. At one point it became so intense Ben's coach had to come out and remind parents that this was just Little League and this was just for fun. Little League machine pitch has a few different rules from straight up baseball and it can get confusing and the umpiring did leave a little bit to be desired, but I think some parents forgot the umpires in our league are just teenagers and the players are just little kids.
I'm more than a little worried the intensity will only get worse as the kids progress through later phases of Little League.
Wingnut and I used the experience to pass on a little good sportsmanship lessons to Wingnut Jr. Baseball is a great sport and can and should be a lot of fun. Period.
In two years of machine pitch, Wingnut Jr. has struck out only one time. Most at bats he hits the very first pitch. He is a solid contact hitter.
Boy, does he ever love that bobble head trophy.