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My Summer

As you can tell from yesterday’s post, our summer was pretty much consumed with softball (not that I’m complaining!).  We did manage to squeeze a few other things in, though!  In May, Juli had Kindergarten orientation- can’t believe my baby is going to school already (she starts tomorrow!).

An exciting day!

An exciting day!

 

At then end of the Month, I got to go with Nina on her 6th grade trip to Toronto.  We went to the zoo, the Royal Museum, took a tour of the city, and finished with dinner at Medieval Times!  It was a long day, but lots of fun.  (And, for the first time since I started coaching, I had to miss a game.  It was Nina’s 1st game of the season and her, 3 teammates and myself missed the game because of the trip!)

Outside the museum

Outside the museum

At Medieval Times

At Medieval Times

Just a few short weeks later, Nina graduated from 6th grade.  Can’t believe she is starting middle school!!

My "baby"

My “baby”

Receiving her diploma

Receiving her diploma

 

 

Juli at the beach

Juli at the beach

 

 

Our game end "pep talk"

Our game end “pep talk”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Softball 2013

Hello all!

I know it’s been a long time.  If you take a moment to read the upcoming posts, you’ll know why! 🙂  You know I have 3 lovely daughters- who all love softball! My “baby” got to play this year!  So, all 3 girls were playing house….and I was coaching all 3 teams!  And, my middle daughter made the town’s 10U travel team.  LOTS of softball this summer!!

I’ll start with the little one, Juli.  Only being 4, she was the youngest on her team.  I’ve never coached girls this young.  I had mostly 5 and 6 year olds, with a couple 8 yr olds.  (When I started coaching Rae’s team in 2011, she was 7 1/2 and so was the rest of her team!).  It was a blast!  These kids were adorable and played their hearts out.  There was no pressure.  Hit the ball, run.  You get one base at a time.  No one strikes out.  Everyone bats every inning.  Juli loved it.  She played all over the field and did awesome batting.  Yes, 4 years old and this girl was hitting pitches!!  First coach pitch game she steps up to the plate and hits home plate with her bat!  The parents went nuts!  Can you tell she’s been watching the big girls play?

Batter up!

Batter up!

Later in the game, this crazy child is running home, and, looks to me like she trips and falls on home plate.  Skins her knee; normally she hates the sight of blood.  She proudly shows it off saying “look, I’m bleeding like the big girls!”.  She runs over to Gramma asking “Gramma!  Did you see me slide into home?”  Yes, she tried to slide into home!!

Sliding into home!

Sliding into home!

Juli did well fielding, too.  She even asked to play 1st base and was very close to catching throws from her teammates.  She came a long way from yelling at us when we didn’t throw the ball directly into her glove!

Making a play to 1st

Making a play to 1st

Award day the team got their trophies.  She was so proud she took it to our family picnic later that day to show it off!

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Rae played on 2 teams this summer.  I coached her house team and she played travel too!  I’ll start with travel.

She played on the 10U Magic team, practiced all winter long and ended up earning the “Most Improved” award at the end of the season!  We are so proud of the improvements she made in her game.  Travel ball is full blown, regular softball!  She had to learn to slide, run on dropped 3rd strike, steal bases…she had never played live pitch before either!  It was a lot of fun watching the girls come together as a team and start winning games!

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The first game of the season the girls lost by many runs to Lancaster.  We finally won a few games (regular season and tourney games).  We lost to Lancaster again during a tourney, but it was much closer.  3rd week in July we had to face them one more time in a play off game….Magic won 10-2!!!!  It was such a great game.  We showed sooooo much improvement from game 1!  Rae had her biggest hit of the season during this game- a nice drive out past 2nd base!

Biggest hit of the season!

Biggest hit of the season!

These are a couple of my favorite team pics from our first tourney.

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The majority of Rae’s house team had moved up with her from the ponytail division…10 of 12 girls were new to the intermediate division  (10U kid pitch) but we managed to take 4th place!  Rae pitched in almost every game and did very well.  She also played 1st and contributed to many outs.

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Her softball face!

Game 10 (last game) she pitched 4 innings, caught 2 pop flies, made a tag out and beat 2 girls back to 1st for outs!!

Fly out #1

Fly out #1

Fly out #2

Fly out #2

On the mound

On the mound

She also hit her first TRIPLE!!!

On 3rd after her triple!

On 3rd after her triple!

4th place- 1st year in the division!

4th place- 1st year in the division!

And I saved the best for last….

Nina moved up to modified this year.  We had a great group of girls and parents.  The girls worked very hard and worked together as  team from day 1.  Nina got to pitch a lot more this season and did very well!  She threw many strikeouts!

Throwing strikes

Throwing strikes

She also played 1st and did awesome!

2nd out in a double play!

2nd out in a double play!

Not too many girls in house slide, but Nina learned to slide and loved it!

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She may not be the biggest hitter, but she was one of the most consistent and had a great on-base percentage!

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Our team went 7 games before they had a loss.  7-0, 7-1, 7-2.  Going into playoff day, we were 7-2.  Playing the team that gave us our 2nd loss; playing for 1st place.  The girls showed up that afternoon ready to win…they batted first and started scoring runs.  Making great outs in the field. We lost the lead…they rallied back.  It was intense.  Last inning, only up by 6.  Nina is pitching and throwing good pitches.  They score a run, and another, and another.  It’s 20-18, our lead, with 2 outs.  The next batter plinks one right to Nina.  She scoops it up and throws to 1st.  Our 1st baseman is ready…makes the catch… WE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  There were screams, shouts and tears!!!!  They did it!!!  I was so proud of these girls!!  Out of 11 girls, 4 were new to this division and 2 hadn’t played before!

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Not a brawl, but a celebration!!!

FIRST PLACE!!!!

FIRST PLACE!!!!

This season may have ended at the end of July, but Magic try outs were mid August (oh yeah, did I mention I’m now coaching travel??) and we’re starting our new season this coming weekend!!

And the season starts…

3 daughters + 4 softball teams = BUSY!!!!!

 

Between coaching 3 house teams (13U, 10U and 8U) and Rae on the town 10U travel team, it’s gonna be a busy summer!  Tonight is Rae’s first travel game.  Here’s a little something I put together for the team to wish them luck in their first game:

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A bottle of water (wrapped with duct tape), a package of sunflower seeds, and a few candies all wrapped up and ready to go!  Can you tell our team colors orange and blue?  🙂

GO MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!

CAID softball tournament

Yesterday I played in a charity softball tournament with some great friends and coaches!  We had a great morning/afternoon- we won 1 game out of 3 (but we didn’t get “mercy ruled” this year!), one coach hit a grand slam!

Our team made the news!  Love that the video starts out with my big mouth yelling “go Chris!”  A nice close up of me batting, too- glad they got me when I hit the ball! 🙂

Link to news video

Wildcats!

Nina has had a great season.  She is playing great on 1st base!  She’s only been put in as pitcher in a couple games but has done well when on the mound.  Nina was also called up to help out in a modified game- giving her an idea of what next year will be like!  That game she played 2nd base and made 2 outs and had a single and a walk.  At the very end of the game, she was on 3rd, bases loaded and the next girl up hit a grand slam!!  She was pretty excited to be a part of that!!

Here’s a few of Nina’s highlights:

Lightning!

This time, it’s Lightning Softball! 🙂  My girls have been playing well this year and are ready to move up to intermediate next year!  Rae’s loves playing 1st base and plays it well.  Twice, she subbed in an intermediate game.  She was nervous but played well!

Here’s a few highlights of Rae!

Softball 2012

Our softball season officially started with a rain-out 😦  My Ponytail game (Rae’s game) was supposed to be on 6/1 and it rained all day long.  6/4 was Nina’s first game (intermediate).  It was chilly and dreary but it didn’t rain on us.

The following week Rae got to play her first game.  The girls played hard and did well.  At this level they don’t keep score and the whole line-up bats every inning but we got more outs than the other team and made some good plays!

Rae with a big out at 1st

Rae’s fast- and was safe!

Our first “softball Saturday”, where the whole league plays throughout the day, was rained out 😦

So, Nina’s second game was this past Monday.  And, I have to brag, Nina played an AWESOME game!!  They didn’t win, but the girls had some great plays.  There was a play from 2nd to 1st (Nina’s the 1st baseman) that was completed for an out.  Nina caught a pop fly then later ran up for the ball and beat the runner back to the base.  But, most exciting, she was brought in to pitch the last inning!  She’s been practicing hard and has been anxious to pitch in a game. It was getting chilly and had started to rain but that didn’t phase her.  First pitch- STRIKE!  She struck the first 2 batters out.  She walked the next 2.  Next batter hit the ball right to her and she threw it to first for the 3rd out- SCORELESS INNING!!  Needless to say, we were very proud of her!!

A big play from 2nd to 1st. Nina caught the ball and had her foot on the bag for the OUT!

Nina’s first game pitching- scoreless inning!

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