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On the move

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By Jessica Veatch

Yeah, as you can tell by my title, I have been on the move lately. Actually, that is why my husband Josh did two columns in a row and you didn't hear from me last week.  

First of all, I attended the girls All-Star District 5 tournament in Cecilia almost two weeks ago as you are reading this. I traveled there three different nights to watch the two Marion County girls teams, both the 9- and 10-year-olds and the 11- and 12-year-olds, compete for a chance to advance to the state tournament. Unfortunately, the older team fell short of this goal, with Washington County advancing in that age group.  

But it wasn't all bad. The younger team, the 9- and 10-year-olds, reached their goal of making it to the state tournament. I was there the night they won the district championship and felt their excitement as they won the game that allowed them to compete at the state level.  

Then on to the boys All-Star district tournament, which was held at Jamestown City Park, a pretty good drive from Marion County. I spent my Fourth of July at the ball park, watching all three teams compete, first the 11-year-olds, then the 9- and 10-year-old team, and finally, after about an hour and a half delay, the 11- and 12-year-olds.  

I was able to witness two wins and a loss that day, so not too shabby.  Thankfully, after the long delay on the 11- and 12-year-old game, the boys were able to run rule Adair County to still get me back home at a decent hour.

I didn't just travel to Jamestown that day. Josh and I took Karli to the ball game on Saturday evening, and I haven't been back as I am writing this (Sunday night), but I plan to either go back on Monday or Tuesday.

Now back to the girls. Last Sunday, I traveled to Winchester, another good drive, to watch the Marion County 9- and 10-year-old girls All-Stars in their state tournament. I knew they had lost the day before, and was hoping they could bounce back and win against South Shore and then again the next day to take them to the state championship game. As I am writing, they still have to play one more game to see if they advance, and I wish them the best of luck. They are a fun team to watch and you can definitely tell they love the game of softball.  

Hopefully, as you are reading this, both boys teams are celebrating making it to the state tournament, which will be held in Prestonsburg, and the girls All-Star team is celebrating a state championship. If so, I will be on the move even more.

 So there you have it, my last few week's summary of being on the move. Even though it might sound hectic to some, I really enjoy watching these teams play. I love the heart and hustle these kids have, and the teamwork they use. It makes me miss playing the game myself.