First.... again a big thanks to Gretchen for creating emails to let us know when someone posts. I think this will jump-start Birchtales to significant increased usage.
This is the week from hell. Laurie and Bryn are in St. Louis for the USSSA 11U fastpitch Central Region World Series. There are teams from 11 states, as far north as Michigan, as far south as Kentucky, and as far west as Oklahoma and Nebraska. Their games start July 15 and could go through Saturday. They will most likely be able to stop by St. Charles on the way home, either Friday or Saturday. A couple weeks ago, her team played "Where's Bryn" as she played every position except pitcher in one game.
Vaughn is playing in the USSSA 14U Regional World Series in Battle Creek. Lost today and play once tomorrow and at least once Wednesday. After that, they have to win to advance. The majority of teams are from Michigan. He has been playing 3rd base, SS, and 2nd base this season as they are missing one of their infielders due to injury. He'd like to play centerfield more, but he's need on the diamond. He's also the third string catcher.
Meanwhile, Zane leaves Wednesday for Angola, IN for a tournament with his 16U team. I have no idea who they are playing. We haven't seen a lot of his tournaments this summer. Unfortunately, he's not playing a lot. Not sure why, since in two of his last three at bats he has tripled off the wall at 375 feet and hit an inside the park home over the centerfielder's head to 380 feet. He pitches occasionally, using a sidearm motion that he developed with his coaches last winter. His ball moves a lot but he is still working on consistency.
Off to hockey - Zane plays on Mondays with the Canton High summer team. He'll be the main goalie this season as a senior since the other goalie from the last two years graduated. At least he can drive himself now as we bought a 2002 Subaru Forrester for a third car.
Looking forward to other family posts. I'll have more time to add other things later this week I hope.