This weekend was very hot and humid but 12 YO DD did a great job pitching through it. Her team hasn't played much this summer and this tournament was something we squeaked into 2 weeks ago.
Unfortunately we lost the game that would have put us into the final. DD was spent but still working hard. back up pitcher was out with an injury so DD goes the distance. we're beyond time limit and into international tie-breaker. 2 outs, runners on 2B and 3B, intentionally walk next batter to load bases. DD un-intentionally walks the next batter with 4 straight balls, walking in the winning run and collapses.
This last game was, by all accounts, possibly the best game most parents had ever seen. two well-matched teams with a good amount of back and forth, both teams alternating the lead until the opposing team tied it up in the last play of the regulation game, scoring a run before the last out was made.
Probably the last batter she will face this year and it couldn't have been more intense. I want her to be able to look back at this and remember all the good games in this tournament (including the last one) and what a great experience it was and how well she did.
What I want to know is how to make sure that the 12 YO mind doesn't obsess over this last at-bat in the off-season.
any advice you have will be greatly appreciated.