Softball Reunion

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My dad always loved baseball and taught my siblings and I to play at a young age. We would play for hours with our neighborhood friends and had a great baseball field in Carol Pothoff LeMieux’s backyard. Most of my family members were mediocre players like me, but my sister Deb could hit the softball out of the park she was so good. My brother Mick had an amazing arm and could throw a ball from deep left field to home plate perfectly.

Our lives get so busy with raising children, working and meeting new friends that we sometimes don’t get to see some of our friends from when we were younger or before we had kids. As I look back on my life I think about the great life we had even before our kids came and I smile.

Some special friends, Pat Peterson and Mari DeRose Hammond, joined together to host a softball reunion at Northside Pub a few weeks ago. A bunch of girls and their husbands gathered together to reminisce about our awesome softball days.

We started our softball career at Mullally Field as the Central Auto Body Team with Mr. and Mrs. Loomis being our generous sponsors. Later on in our softball career, Tom and Pat Peterson generously sponsored our team which was called The Filly Farm. Tom is a veterinarian and raced horses, which is how we came up with the name. Skip Reed, kneeling in the picture above, coached our team.

We were a pretty good team and one time we made it to the state finals which took place in the Upper Peninsula. We ended up taking 5th place in the state that year and we had a blast.

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During that time I met so many wonderful people and still have lasting relationships with great memories. Thank you Pat and Mari for getting us all together for a softball reunion. It was a very special day for me.

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