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Lenny Smiles

By Jeffrey Reames

Published by Jeffrey Reames at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Reames

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"A win today and we lock up a playoff spot!"

A resounding "Yeah!" erupted from my teammates.

I think I'm a good pitcher, even at twelve. My dad taught me the fastball. I turned it into a wicked pitch that helped me earn two no-hitters. My dad and many coaches think my arm is special.

"Make me proud," my dad said to me. He said it every game and he attended all of them.

"I will."

I took the mound.

I struck out the first two and the third batter fouled out.

We took a 2-0 lead after two innings.

In the third, I encountered the ninth batter. That's where a coach sticks the worst player. I'm not a big kid, but this kid was scrawny and a head shorter than me! The foam of the helmet didn't even touch him. The kid looked like a bobble head with his helmet bouncing around. He wore glasses that reflect the sunlight at me. He dragged his left foot because of a brace.

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