Brenda Pickering stood near home plate, looked through her camcorder, and recorded memories. Her son pitched for the Stone County St. Martin team in the 16 year old Babe Ruth World Series.
Pickering said the tournament is "just so special because we watched him grow up playing T-ball and all throughout the different leagues. And it's just a wonderful experience to make it all the way to the World Series."
In Mississippi's stands along the third base line, parents showed the emotions associated with successful teams. Sue Harmond is the mother of a pitcher, and the wife of the team's coach. She said, "They've practiced hard. They may not have had to win a regional, but they've worked really hard. And you want to see them do well."
Across the diamond, Joe Mojzik anxiously watched his son's Indiana team take on Mississippi. "It's scary," Mojzik said. "I'm probably more nervous than my son, to tell you the truth."
His son was Indiana's catcher. Vicki Riley's son was its pitcher. Riley said she gets nervous "until he starts pitching. And then once he's doing okay, the butterflies go away."
What won't go away is the sense of pride and accomplishment felt by every World Series parent. According to Riley, "Just being at the World Series is going to be a memory in itself."
Ten teams from all over the country are in Gulfport this week for the Babe Ruth World Series. Weather permitting, a champion will be crowned Saturday.