Baking date: July 15, 2014
On July 16, my son Alex’s team played in the semi-final game of the Maryland State baseball tournament. They had battled to make it to the championship round, and were up against the #1 seed team in the tournament.
While the boys did their best, it wasn’t enough to topple the team they played in the semi-final game (that team went on to win the State championship). But that didn’t mean we didn’t have something to celebrate.
This is most likely the final year these boys will play together as an All Star team. Next year, the age bracket for the All Star team they will play on includes 13, 14, and 15 year olds.
This group of boys have been together for awhile – the majority for 5 years. They are a good group of boys, with a good group of parents. We’ve never had the play to win at all costs philosophy, but through hard work, coaching, and effort, the boys have played well over the years. We have gone up against full-time travel/All Star teams where talent is paramount and not everyone who makes the team gets to play.
Over the years, we have won tournaments, come in second, and on rare occasions we didn’t make the playoff bracket at all. It’s been a pleasure to watch the boys grow, get to know their families, and be part of such a special group.
The team colors are royal blue, yellow gold and white. For this semi-final game, I made royal blue velvet cupcakes, topped with vanilla icing using a star tip, and decorated with royal blue and yellow sparkle gel frosting. The baking cups I used had a baseball theme.
While some players have gone to other teams and new players joined us, the majority of the team has been together for more than 5 years. Thanks Walkersville Lions. It’s been a great ride.
Editor’s note: This royal blue velvet cake has an interesting effect on the body. According to the head coach and others who had the cupcakes “it turned my poop green!”. You’ve been warned.