Jimmy shuffles from the on-deck circle to home plate. He doesn’t have his usual confidence. His mom and dad are in the stands but that makes things worse. He is in a slump: his batting average is down, and coach has moved him to left field from shortstop. If he didn’t improve soon, he would never make Allstars this season.
The first two pitches are walks. “Good eye!” his dad yells.
Then two strikes come over the plate. Jimmy chokes up on the bat. Get ready.
He sees the ball leave the pitcher’s hand.
“It’s a home run!”