Friday, July 13, 2012

World Series and a Celebration!

Bennett and the 10U Team Illini played in the World Series baseball tournament in Chesterfield this week.  It runs Sunday-Friday and most of the games are played earlier in the day so the teams that travel here from around the country can enjoy all of the fun things the Lou has to offer(Cardinals game, City Museum, Zoo, etc).  Ben played six games this week and today's was the only one I attended.  Cate and I stayed back each day and took Carter and Brady to swim, soccer, and whatever activity they had planned, so Scott went with Ben.  This is a really cool tournament because so many teams are from out of state and it's fun for the boys to get to play new competition rather than the same old teams they usually face in our local games.  Another fun bonus is that some pro baseball players kids play and because this tournament falls during the All-Star break, the "big guys" are often in attendance at these games...such as, Albe.rt Pu.jols (his son plays), Ryan Ho.ward (his nephew plays) and the Cards coach Mike Math.eny (son plays).  It's not everyday, that you play against a team that has Al.bert Pu.jols sitting in their dugout!!!  Ben's team was very successful this week and won their Championship Game!  Yaaahhoooooo!  Ben played awesome and hit two doubles to the fence while I was in the stands (Coincidence? I think not!)
I planned to take a lot of action shots, but after this first try, I put my camera away.  Doesn't get much better than capturing the ball just off the bat heading towards the fence! Money shot!! 

Raise it high 23!

I love that in a completely packed room of ball players, Cate and Kerrigan broke it down on their "dance floor"!!!!!

Yeah Baby...We're #1

Does this group of misfits look like the Bad News Bears or what?!

Keaton, Bennett, Nic, & Connor

After the tournament, Connor and his family invited everyone back to their house for a bbq and pool party.  Good times were had by all!!!
They played pool basketball for 3.5 hours.  Ben looked like a raisin when he got out!

Yes that is Brady flying through the air...Cameron tossed him around like a rag doll!

Cate taking a break to eat her favorite thing in the whole world....KETCHUP BREAD.  Ewwwwwww!

Ahhhh, this is the life!

She preferred the hot tub though :)

Just a few more tournaments before baseball season is over and we move on to soccer!!! 
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