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Finishing the Game



It’s not how you start it’s how you finish

- Nike



      Stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to success. It was Crowley that helped me pitch against a team that no good pitcher could ever do well in. When we were playing Fessy I was told my Crowley that I would finish pitching the game. Our starting pitcher had gotten torched and let up 10 runs in 6 innings. Luckily we were playing well and had 11 runs. The bases were loaded in the bottom of the last inning and were up by 1 with no outs. Crowley came up to me, and told me I had to go in. I was always a decent pitcher. I threw hard, but I was inconsistent. When Fessy touched the ball with the bat they hit out of the park. Crowley told me to go in there. I had to go in there, but I could of blow the game for my team. I was frightened and unsure what was going to happen. The Fessy kids I wasp itching to were massive, and looked like they didn’t want to show much mercy to me. Crowley told me I was going in. Our team at this point was hopeless. Were up by 1 in the last inning but Fessy has bases loaded with no outs. I was going to have to strike out three in a row. I remember warming up afraid. I was missing the strike zone badly, and I wasn’t throwing as hard as I usually do. Crowley came up to me and said that I need to focus on one batter at a time. He helped me calm down. There was a kid twice the size of me up at bat. I focused and I was able to pop him up to the catcher. I looked over to Crowley and he gave me the thumbs up. The next guy I gave harder pitches to hit, and he ended up striking out. There was one batter left but he was the biggest and the best baseball player on Fessy. Crowley visited the mound once again and told me to just throw the ball, and that is what I did. I didn’t even think where I was throwing it, I just threw it. Before I knew it was 0 and 2, and the batter had no chance. I threw a high fastball and he swung and missed. We won and Crowley helped me finish the game for the team. Crowley helped me to stay calm, cool and relaxed while I was pitching. As a pitcher the keys are to: throw hard, be accurate and to be focused. I was none of those before heading onto the mound. Crowley helped me focus and keep m6 cool when I was a absolute nervous wreck. He gave me confidence and calmed me down for each batter I faced. Also, he helped me focus on the reward Instead of what could go wrong. I couldn’t have pitched as well as I did in that situation without Crowley’s support






Literary Analysis Paragraph On Through The Tunnel





Some people want it to happen, some wish it could happen, and others make it happen



      Determination is the key to success; In the short story, Through the Tunnel, Jerry has determination to swim through the dark tunnel just like the older native boys. Jerry sees older native boys swim through this dark and long tunnel, and sees them hanging out on the other side. Jerry at first when he went to the tunnel at Rocky Point, the older boys were swimming through. He saw the first kid go, and he thought he was drowning, but really he was holding his breath for 2 minutes while swimming under the tunnel. Jerry saw this and wanted to be like the older boys and swim under the tunnel. He was determined. When Jerry swims up to Rocky Point he sees the native older boys up there having fun. They include Jerry even though he is a foreigner and only 11 years old. Jerry feels included with these boys until they start to swim in the dark salty sea. One goes under for a solid 160 seconds and a Jerry starts to worry if he is drowning. All of a sudden his head pops up on the other side, and he is calling to his friends to come over. They all go under to meet there friend on the other side. Jerry tries but the salt gets in his eyes and he has to go back up. The boys end up leaving Jerry on the other side by himself and ashamed that he couldn’t make it through the tunnel. 


      He climbed back to the diving rock and sat down, feeling the hot roughness of it under his thighs. The boys were gathering up their bits of clothing and running off along the shore to another promontory. They were leaving to get away from him. He cried openly, fists in his eyes. There was no one to see him, and he cried himself out


      Jerry was determined succeed; Jerry was determined because the older boys did it; Jerry was determined because he wanted to prove himself he could do it. He was deeply affected by not being left behind by the older boys because he couldn’t swim past the tunnel. He the next day asked his Mom for googles so he could see in the dark nasty water. He did many tests on how long he could hold his breath. He continued trying and trying. He would get nosebleed after nosebleed. One day he was able to hold his breath for 10 seconds more than usual. He thought that he should go today, but he decided to wait. His mom said that they were leaving in 4 days. Jerry decided that he had to do it soon. He went to Rocky point about to face the challenge of the tunnel. He was determined to defeat the tunnel. Jerry started off swimming and hit his head. His breathing was fine, but was a little off. Right when he thought that he couldn't go any further, he reached the end. Jerry was able to defeat the tunnel because of determination and the will to succeed. Jerry felt accomplished even though he had a massive nosebleed. Jerry was inspired by the older boys, and was determined defeat the tunnel before he had to go back home






How Was Reading the Book



Life is better with books 


      I have really enjoyed the experience of reading All Quiet On The Western Front. It has lots of action, and it puts you into the perspective of how tough war was for men only a few years older than us. My experience reading this book was like no other book I have other read. It makes you picture the frontline, the barb wire and the disgusting food that Germany can give to the soldiers. You feel for the boy that is still inside Paul. The way how the book goes from the frontline to Paul visiting his mom and his family in his hometown. The book has deep meaning and strong themes expressed in each chapter. One big theme throughout the book is compassion. Paul went out of his way to help poor Russian prisoners who were suffering worse than him, and were dying each day. He felt compassion for the poor Frenchmen he ended up stabbing when they were fighting. Paul felt the pain because he realized that he had a wife and he had children. These descriptive scenes really engaged me when I was reading. Usually when I’m reading, I have a tough time focusing and paying attention to all the significant details in the book, but when they have very descriptive scenes I can put myself in Paul’s shoes.