12 teams qualified for the State Championship. Cooper's team started off horribly going down 14 - 1 in their first game, where just about every player on the team had an error and we looked like the bad news bears in the first 3 innings. They actually came back to tie that game but it was too little too late and they started the state championship tournament with a loss.
But then the proverbial GONG went off. "What? Daniel Larusa is gonna fight?"
From that point forward, they went on an absolute tear outscoring their opponents 75 - 13 over the next 5 games in route to the NC State Championship.
While I was vomiting of anxiety along the fence line, Cooper pitched the final 3 innings in both the semifinal and state championship games (they play 6 inning games and you by rule you can't pitch more than 6 innings over 2 consecutive games).
The other team's fans were literally pulling fog horns, ringing cow bells and blowing those world cup horns while my son was pitching. When I looked over and saw him still blowing bubbles with his gum mid- pitch, I knew we were ok or atleast not falling apart in the moment. His team played amazing D behind him and they won the State Championship and advanced to the South East Regionals in Virginia.