Madison and Montana both played Spring ball this season. It was Madison’s first season playing with the 14U group, while Montana has completed her 3rd season with the 8U group.
Montana’s season is over as her team, Lightnings, is out of the tournament. She has had a great season and improved so much. She did a great job backing up 1st base while playing right field, however, her favorite position is catcher.
Montana’s bat got real hot around mid-season and she was hitting the ball left and right and getting RBI’s. The last few games she lost her hitting streak and she was not seeing the ball. Not sure exactly what happened, but by the tournament she was able to connect with the ball again.
She has her heart set on playing All * Star summer ball but we won’t know if she makes the team until early next week.
Madison decided to pick up a bat and put down her tennis racket this spring. Softball is a great sport for her. She is fast on the bases and frequently steals them. She also knows how to stand in the batters box and find her pitch. Her teammates are a great group of girls who welcomed her to the team right away. That warmed my heart since she is at the age where girls can be pretty cliquey.
Madison’s team, RAGE, is still in the tournament, however, they have been delayed from playing all week because of rain. Last Saturday, Madison made a pivotal catch in the game. It was the bottom of the 6th inning and the score was tied 5 all with 1 out. The batter hit a solid shot out to right field. I am petty sure I stopped breathing for a second as the ball sailed towards Madison! But she caught it!!! I wish I had it on video, it was an amazing catch. If they win the next game they will advance to the championship game!
Madison even told me this week that she enjoys softball so much that she wants to try to play in college! That makes me happy and nervous at the same time, especially since I now need to worry about navigating NCAA guidelines for student athletes. Madison’s number one school choice right now is Calvin College (yep, the one Marie did her summer scholarship at last summer) because they have a dedicated Astrophysics degree and they are a Division 2 school. They don’t have NCAA guidelines, but I want her to be prepared to play at any school down the road.
Being a softball mom is really quite fun once you get used to the cold and heat of being an outdoor sports fan. I have made some great softball mom and dad friends and McKenzie and Micah have softball sibling friends that they play so well with. Practices and games go so much smoother when they get to play with their friends. I probably yell and cheer a little too loudly but I am so proud of my girlies!
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