Today I decided to try out my sports lens and captured Annabelle in action. I knew she was good, but seeing her in still frame made me realize just how good she really is! Sometimes it still takes a few swings to hit the ball (while other times, it only takes 1 pitch), but her batting form is awesome!
And fielding... she always races to the ball and has gotten really good at catching a fly and trapping it in the glove with her other hand ball (usually thrown since most of the kids don't hit fly balls) and at stopping a grounder as she's running to do here...
And her throw ends with a flip of the wrist!
As far as running the bases goes, she's a pro at that too! She still has to be reminded sometimes, but she will generally stand on the base with one foot on the bag and the other in front ready to take off as soon as the ball is hit. She doesn't need much coaching on the bases either. She actually runs to touch all of the bases (which doesn't sound big, but many of the kids still don't do that), and I usually have her stop on either 1st or 2nd so that she gets that base running experience rather than just running all of the way around on her hit. And when she runs... she runs FAST! (This girl LOVES to run!)
I'm so proud of my little softball player! I can't believe how well she has listened to and executed all of these softball techniques at such a young age! I really expected her play at 4 years old to be quite a bit more chaotic, but she has impressed the heck out of me once again!