Ready for some pictures? I thought so!
They all bumped up into new leagues this year, so new teams for everyone! Rachel is THRILLED that her team colors are purple and yellow because they're her favorite colors. Ren feels pretty good about this season because of her experience with her accelerated team last year. (She opted out of playing with her accelerated team again this season because she hated being away from home so much, and I was a lot relieved when she said that--accelerated teams are a huge time commitment; I feel like I hardly saw my other three kids during those couple of months she was playing.) Emily's new coaches...I am so in love them, professional-wise. They have been working with her so well, and they really know what they're talking about, and even Michael commented that Emily seems like a completely different kid on the field this year. Yay!
She wasn't terribly pleased with her performance during the game, but Michael and I saw a lot of progress in her performance over last year. Last year, she swung at the ball once during the entire season. (She got hit in the ankle bone by a hard pitch a couple years ago and it's really messed with her head ever since.) Last night she swung twice, and even came pretty close to hitting the ball. She's already swung twice as much as last year, and we all know that you miss 100% of the hits you don't swing for, so I'm thinking she's going to have a much better year, hitting-wise.
She had two mistakes that she's beating herself up over, but she had absolutely no experience with one of them and I don't think she'll make that mistake ever again, and the second could have happened to anyone and I think she'll set herself up in a better position after this so it doesn't happen again. I'm really optimistic about this season for her. Like I said before, her coaches are fabulous, so I'm really excited to see how this season pans out.
Whew, first games done, and three more to go for this week. Ha ha. No life outside of softball and baseball for the next eight weeks. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some stain removal to do on multiple pairs of white softball pants...