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Last night Reese, Finn and I joined several of Reese’s Seattle Spice teammates for a night out at Safeco Field.  The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Mariners 5-0 in the M’s first home game without Ichiro.  It was a historic night, too: future first ballot Hall of Famer Albert Pujols picked up his 3,000th hit.

A few photos:

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One thing’s for certain: Finn’s a pretty darn good nine-year old baseball player.

Last season he was the star player on undefeated Zeeks Pizza Panthers little league team.

Last summer he made his first-ever select baseball team, the Seattle Pilots.

The dude is pretty good.

This season his Zeeks Pizza Pumas team is off to an undefeated, once-tied start.

And last night he lit it up.

The undersized, twig-legged wonder struck out all five batters he faced to help Zeeks Pizza defeat the Astros 6-3.

At 2-1 going into the fifth inning, it was the best little league game I’ve been a part of.

For the season, Finn’s stats are off the charts.  Through four games, he’s hitting .750 with an .818 on base percentage; .750 slugging percentage; and an OPS of 1.568.  All but his slugging percentage are tops on his team (Carter Ellis, .778).

His pitching numbers are even better.  He’s faced 18 batters in his 4 2/3 innings.  He’s struck out 14; walked four; and has not allowed a run or a hit.

The rest of his peers will catch up and pass him soon enough, but for now this is one fun ride.

One of the most memorable nights out of 2017 was our trip down Montlake to watch a Huskies softball practice.

Last night we did it again.  Not the same — it was a game and our group was much larger — but it was every bit the fun.

Our collection of Laurelhurst Lionettes arrived at the stadium about forty minutes early to watch practice from our infield seats.  That turned out to be fortuitous.  The crowd was so scant that the Husky marketing crew picked Reese and her teammates McKenna Couch and Sadie Howard to be the Foul Ball Crew.  They also randomly picked Finn to be the Guest Junior Announcer.

Finn did an excellent job as Vin Scully in his PA debut (he mucked up one name, but I digress).  The Huskies won 2-1 (more) on an eighth inning home run by Julia DePonte.  It came none too soon.  It was freezing cold, and had the game gone on any longer I suspect we would have left.

Afterwards our crew of sixteen hit UVillage for dinner.  Half our crew dined at The Ram.  The rest of us bared the hour wait and repeated last year’s trip to Din Tai Fung.

All and all a fantastic night out.

I doubt many college recruiters or pro scouts will be looking at Reese or Finn, but swap “coaches” in there and this meme is worth remembering:

Found this on Facebook this morning and thought it would preserving:

Spice Wins!

Reese and I spent this past weekend in Centralia.  The occasion: the March Madness fastpitch tournament.

It was time well spent.

Reese’s 10U Spice team played three games before noon on Saturday.  After dropping the first game 8-1 (Reese had the lone RBI on a ground out), the Spice won the next two games to get the second seed going into Sunday’s elimination round.  They swept those games.  Jordanna King was literally unhittable (I think she gave up one hit in four games), and with a 3-1 win in the final the trophy was ours.

Reese had a relatively quiet tournament.  She played outfield and had no hits, but she did have that aforementioned RBI and rounded the bases after a dropped third strike – a very poor man’s home run.   Still, we had a great time hanging out with our Spice family, and it was great to take home the hardware.

Up next: a tourney in the Tri Cities.

Whistler 2018

For the second year in three, the fam did a quick winter vacation in Whistler.  (2016.)  It was considerably colder this trip than last.  Sunday it was so cold that the kids only last two runs before packing it in.  Temperatures at the top of Blackcomb, which was closed, were reported at -40 F.  It warmed up some over the next few days, but not a lot.  Overall a great trip, though, and one we’re keen to make an annual endeavor.

A few photos: