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Today Reese and I joined her friend Emerson Gouk and her mom Jen out at North Shore Golf Course.  The occasion was the North Shore MINI Open, and for Reese, it was her first eighteen-hole round.

Reese did pretty well.  Her 102 score on what was probably a 3,000-yard layout was good enough for fifth place in an eleven-girl field.  (Asterisk: that 102 came with a few pickups after triple bogeys.)  She hit a number of excellent drives and shots, most notably a hole out from forty yards on the fourteenth hole.  (Unfortunately it was for bogey.)   Her big issue right now is her short game — particularly her chipping.

There’s a summer ahead to work on that.

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Today Reese’s Laurelhurst Lionettes Minors softball team played a team from Ballard.  We won 23-5.  Reese pitched OK — five strikeouts in two innings along with five walks.  But she hit like a champion.  The highlight: her first ever home run, a laced line drive down the left field line that rolled all the way to the wall 200 feet away.  It was a solo shot, but to the two of us it felt like a grand slam.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of that particular hit.  But we did get a few photos of the day, which included her first stint behind the plate.


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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.

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It’s been a big forty-eight hours for Reese.

On Saturday night she and Rhonda saw Lindsey Stirling in concert.

On Sunday night she joined the Jenkins fam and twenty or so of our closest friends for Christmas caroling.  (Regrettably I got no photos.)

Today she got her ears pierced.  Sammie Wright and Emerson Gouk joined her and Rhonda at the mall — apparently Reese boycotted Rhonda’s tattoo parlor idea.

No idea how it went, but I’m guessing it’s gonna cost me in the form of new earrings every birthday.

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Sixth months ago, Reese could barely throw or catch a softball, despite having played for three-plus seasons.

Yesterday she played her first select softball game, as a member of the Seattle Spice 10U squad.

There were lots of hours spent in between — at the park practicing hitting, in the backyard practicing pitching — and the work she’s put in has made a difference.  The passion for the game is there, the improvement has come, and now she’s a “select” player.

I got roped in to serving as official scorer so, unfortunately, this is the only photo I snapped.

Yesterday’s games weren’t particularly memorable.  The Spice won both games — one by an 8-6 count, the other 10-4.  Reese had three plate appearances in the two three-inning games.  Her line: 0-3-0-0 — two walks, a hit by pitch, and three runs scored thanks to lots of wild pitches and stolen bases.  What was memorable, and remarkable, was that she was playing select ball at all.  That she was is a testament to her hard work and dedication.

We could not be more proud.


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Yesterday the Jenkins fam ventured down the hill for another afternoon/evening at the Laurelhurst Beach Club.  With our were our guests Kimberly and Sophia Lippmann.

Nothing remarkable in that.  But what happened was.

Sophia needed to pass her 3’s to swim in the 3’s area.  No problem.  After that, Sophia and Reese decided it was time to pass their 7’s.  Again, no problem:



After that, well, just-recently-turned eight Reese (and later Sophia) decided to do this:



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A Laurelhurst rite of passage.

I can honestly say for posterity’s sake that I thought Reese would drive before she went off LBC’s thirty-foot high dive.   It’s a mighty scary task, even for me.

Not sure I’ve ever been more proud of her.

P.S.  Far less impressive — me:


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Reese’s Record Swim

Yesterday, before Excel swim practice, I timed Reese in a 25-yard freestyle sprint.

Her time: 23:04 seconds.  That’s her PR — by over four seconds.

Practice may not make “perfect,” but it sure seems to be making “better.”

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