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2008 UVC Baseball Season

Posted by todblog on June 1, 2008

June 1, 2008

the bus

The team takes one last ride on the UVC bus to the state championship game at Keizer Stadium.

It’s been a great year for the Umpqua Valley Christian Schools Baseball Team and especially for Jacob. He has never had the opportunity to work with such a great staff of coaches who worked on growing young men on and off the field. It was very much a winning season as the team continued to improve with each game. The boys finished the year second in the state losing to Portland Christian Academy 4-5 in extra innings. The Portland team was a good opponent but everyone felt that they were very beatable. (There’s a good chance our paths will cross again next year as our team is young and will only be losing one senior from the roster.)

At the end of the championship game, Jacob and his teammates were still submersed in a sea of shock and disappointment. Jacob was beating himself up for an error he committed when he bobbled a ground ball that allowed a tying runner on base. It was something he kept playing over and over again in his mind and the long drive home found him repeatedly saying, “I can’t believe we lost, we could have won this game, if only…”

When we pulled into our driveway I told Jacob I wanted to go for a walk with him. We headed across the street into Ray Lehne’s walnut orchard, just the three of us. Jacob with his glove and baseball, Mele (our German shorthaired-pointer) and me. It was a quiet time in the woods where we could clear our hearts and minds and talk about what mattered most while listening to Mele coursing through the area. Some of my best quiet time has been in the field watching a hard working bird dog zigging and zagging searching for answers. As the rays of sunlight faded in the orchard I proceeded to tell Jacob of his successes as a person and as parents we are very proud of him and his accomplishments. He shared with me how much he loved his coaches and teammates and that this should not have happened. As mourning doves flushed from the walnut tree roost sites above us, there was a sense of guilt and heaviness in the air. As a parent and friend, I just wanted to take away his pain and cry for him and his teammates. Telling him that 2nd out of 55 teams is nothing to be ashamed of and that a lot of other teams would trade places with yours in a heartbeat had little impact on him. However, I knew it would take time for things to get better and until then it was a grieving process of sorts that he and his teammates would be going through.

If there was one thing we could focus on it was turning this into something positive, learn from it and move forward. Experience is such a valuable teacher (both good and bad) and the more of it you get the better you become, in things on and off the field.

By now the daylight was almost totally consumed by the night and the bats were out flying erratically hunting bugs in the sky. I gave Jacob a big hug and told him not to give up but, to keep working at his game and improving himself. After all, if today were perfect, there would be no need for tomorrow. Now it’s on to summer baseball…

Coach Dave York talks with Jacob on 3rd base before scoring the first run of the Championship game.

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5 Responses to “2008 UVC Baseball Season”

  1. wendell said

    Life gives us a lot of “bad bounces”. Glad you are there to help Jacob cushion the blows, understand the big picture, and move on in a positive direction. Congrats to both of you.

    PS. Usually the dog is the wisest one anyway. Living for the day and staying focused on things at hand.

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  2. Lisa said

    Hi

    Tod, thanks for yet another eloquent entry. Boy can we relate on so many levels, but I could have not ever said it better even if I tried. We’ve been there too, in every way you describe. That recorder in their minds never seems to turn off does it?

    Jacob, thank God the sun comes up tomorrow and there’s much more baseball to be played! I hope that we can get you & Devin together this summer when we visit Washington and Oregon. You two seem like two souls made for the game. Thank you for such passion; it’s what great players are made of.

    Aloha!

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  3. Auntie Beets said

    Ah shoot. My teams lost almost every game we ever played. Never even made it into the tournaments. Getting close is tough but never getting close is tougher. Hang in there buddy! One error does not a season make! You and your Dad are an inspiration!

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  4. Coach Graham said

    WOW…what a great message from a great dad! Character Commitment Composure, three qualities I have witnessed in Jacob, a terrific person and baseball player. I’ll take a Jacob Lum on my team any time! Jacob I am confident you will continue to be successful in baseball and life as you give your best and then trust God with the rest. Have fun with summer ball!!!

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  5. Anonymous said

    The baseball team did great! I agree that the team has no reason to be ashamed, and they did really good in the state game! Good Job Jacob!!!!!!!!!

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