BC: Austin Hanssen is a twelve year old children's author who likes to write fiction books. His writing career started at the age of ten years old. He lives in Allentown,PA with his mother and father. Austin has a passion for playing baseball. He started to play baseball at the age of four.
FC: Crack of the Bat Austin Hanssen
1: Crack of the Bat Austin Hanssen
2: Text and design layout © 2012 by Austin Hanssen LMMS Publishing in Partnership with Mixbook Summary: Two boys who play baseball play in a game that goes into extra innings and come out on top. 1. Fiction- Baseball game 2. Fiction- Action 3.Fiction- Suspenseful
3: Dedication | To my Mother, I would like to dedicate this book to my mother because, she stuck by my side and didn't give up on me. She also helped me come up with confidence to write this book.
4: One summer day, at a baseball stadium in Philadelphia, Carl, a thirteen year old boy with dirty blond hair and sparkling, big blue eyes is ready to play baseball. He loves to play baseball.
5: While at the stadium he met up with his teammate, Joe. Joe, who is 5 ft 7 inches tall has vibrant red hair, brown eyes, and lots of freckles. He also loves to play baseball.
6: They play on a baseball team called the Fire-Hawks. They start to warm up by throwing to each other and hitting pop flies. Infield practice was led by their coach, Coach Jim-Bob. He hit balls to each of the players and finished off warm ups by stretching.
7: As they are warming up spectators start to fill in the seats of the grandstands. Carl exclaimed “ Wow I am really hungry and that food smells great!” Sadly the game was about to begin, which meant there was no time to get any food.
8: Carl asked his mom to go buy him a hot dog before the game because he hadn't eaten lunch and she said he could have one after the game. Joe said to Carl, "We have to get out to say the pledge with our team. Hurry up."
10: After the boys said the pledge the game started. Fire-Hawks were out in the field for the first inning. Carl was playing catcher and Joe was pitching. In the first inning Carl threw out one person stealing second base. Joe struck-out two batters on three pitches.
12: The game was really boring for the first couple of innings. Some of the players were even falling asleep! The only thing that made the players keep playing, is there love for the game and there coach. Every time a player fell asleep he made them do ten push-ups.
14: In the third inning something extremely good happened. Carl got up to bat and hit a double. Now there was some action on the field (finally). Joe was up next and he hit a two run home-run. Fire-Hawks were on the board. Sadly, when the other team got up they scored a run.
16: Three innings went by and nobody scored. Out of nowhere the caterpillar's scored five runs. Carl and Joe were so surprised they almost fell over! They new it was up to them to get more runs for there team.
17: After the big hit Joe had to play third base because, he gave up all of the runs in the game. In the bottom of seventh, the last inning, the Fire-Hawks were down by four runs. The team was so worried they were going to lose.
18: They were getting so discouraged that they were starting to pack up all of their equipment. The coach was not even trying to stop the boys from packing up. Some of the spectators were even starting to walk their cars or walking home. Then suddenly something happened that got there hopes up.
19: The first three batters on the Fire-Hawks got singles and now there best hitter, Joe was up. Joe hit a grand slam and for the first time in the inning they had hope! The spectators started to come back, because now the game was tied.
20: The score was tied and was going into extra innings. How exciting. The lights turned on and the two teams continued to play into the night. The spectators wondered if the game was going to last all night.
21: After nine more innings people started to get really tired. Carl had to catch the entire time. In total, that was seventeen long innings of hard work. To make it even worse, it was cold and he hadn't eaten any lunch or dinner. He was starving.
22: Carl came up to bat and just wanted the game to be over. He got up to bat and wanted to strike out but, he hit a home-run. Fire-Hawks win the nerve wracking game, 7-6.
24: The entire team was ecstatic. They were running around and screaming. The atmosphere was pumped-up on both sides of the team. They were just happy to get the game over with.
26: After the big game, Coach Jim-Bob was so happy he took the team out for ice-cream. Carl was so happy because he would finally be able to eat. He was planing to eat so much that he wouldn't have to eat for three more days.
27: The End