A small slice of American pie or, better yet, a hot dog on a bun, smothered in all the fixings.
Tuesday's 9/10 District 5 semi-final game at Pacific Little League Fields served as a single taste of the greater feast played out on Little League Fields everywhere. It could have been a championship game if Walla Walla Pacific would have won. Instead Walla Walla Valley extended play and held on a little longer in the double-elimination tournament to advance to Thursday's championship - a rematch with the team they had just beaten.
The best of the season's best 9- and 10-year-old kids.
Battling back and forth while in the wings, boys grabbed dangling branches from a tree near the field, swinging like Tarzan on a vine from table to table.
The sun coming low and sharp through the trees in the west to backlight the soft explosions of dust with each hard thud of the ball in a catcher's glove. In the stands, parked in picnic chairs or hung along the fence, family, friends and fans watched the action, cheering on the spirit of competition and the sportsmanship of good play.
Being there for a friend on one of the teams, with a freshly shaved head for a cool, summer hairdo - and to make grandpa feel more comfortable with his loss of hair from chemotherapy.
Sharing in the moment, while firing the ball to first base.
You can't win when you play alone.
But that's the beauty of the boys of summer. There's a hunger to see gracious winners, good losers and simply share in the spirit to play.