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Another sunny July Sunday, another Seafair Kids’ Triathlon.  This year they added an “intermediate” division, which meant the kids actually swam the swim instead of running it.

Overall the kids did quite well.  Finn finished 13th out of 121 athletes and 7th out of 58 boys with a chipped time of 13:23.  That time included having to run through the swim exit twice because he missed the chip pad, as well as a rather slow swim-to-bike transition.

Reese finished 30/121; 12/63 and 14:38, a huge improvement over last year’s DFL finish (caused by a faulty bike).

A few photos:

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It’s no great secret — Finn’s a darn good Little League player.  For that reason, Northeast Seattle Little League selected him to play on its 10U All-Star team — despite the fact he’s only nine.

He was one of four nine-year olds on that team, and he acquitted himself quite well, at least at the plate.  In seven games he hit .583 with a .750 slugging percentage and batted leadoff in most (if not all) of the games.  On the mound it was another story.  In four games and 2 1/3 innings he had an ERA of 25.71, including one 1/3 inning outing where his ERA was a whopping 144.00.  He also struggled in the field, making five errors in seventeen chances.  Truth be told his fielding wasn’t much worse than the team overall.  We lost six of seven games, and suspect fielding had a lot to do with it.

All in all it was a great experience.  Here’s hoping he makes the team next year.

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Yesterday, Finn and his Zeeks Pizza Pumas won the 2018 Northeast Seattle Little League American Division championship with a 4-1 win over the Slalom Consulting Panthers.  It was the second league title in as many years for Finn’s team, both of which I coached.

It wasn’t easy.

At the beginning of the season our team looked terrible — so terrible that my assistant and I feared we’d never win a game.  We did — in fact, we didn’t lose until our sixteenth game.  After we lost two in a row I guaranteed we’d never win another game.  Turns out we never lost another one.

Saturday’s game was a classic.   We were behind 1-0 through the third because we couldn’t get anyone across home plate against Panthers ace Tate Bagley — this, despite getting six runners on.   We rallied for two runs, however, in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

Then Finn came in.

Our ace all season (final stats), he did not disappoint.  In three innings, he gave up one hit (a double to Bagley), struck out eight, walked two — and gave up no runs.  Dell Geyer added a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to give us a three-run lead, and when Finn struck out the last batter, a 4-1 victory — and the league championship — were ours.   An emotional Finn; fellow Puma pitcher Sonny Marona, who threw three innings of one-run ball; and Bagley were all named game co-MVP’s.

Truth be told, it wasn’t my best coaching job: probably only 2-3 (at most) of our players actually improved.  And it wasn’t the easiest of seasons: I think we trailed in at least half our games and I think I aged at least five years.  But we found ways to win when we probably didn’t deserve to.

And that’s the stuff of champions.

A few more photos:

 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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