Lakers ready for California dreamin’

The Lake Superior State Lakers softball team is ready to this the road this spring, as the first leg of their season takes them to California. Trips like this are expensive for small programs, especially since LSSU is the smallest state funded college in Michigan. One of the ways the girls earn money for the trip is the annual Take Me Out To The Ballgame dinner. This has also been a tradition for the kids and I, who’ve been going since Lily and Trevor were probably Brian’s age. We had fun again this year, and the kids Papa was able to join us, too. One of Lily’s favorite things to do is to put a pie in the face of her favorite player. They started doing this last season, and it’s been a big hit. A lot of the players already know Lily from the local softball camps and clinics, so it’s fun for them, too. The girls were also raffling off a flat screen TV and went out on the ice during the hockey game that night to announce the winner and promote the team. Pictured above is the team sporting their very cool new uniforms.  The photos below are from the banquet, and feature Lily sporting her new softball hoodie and us enjoying our spaghetti dinner. Good luck to the Lady Lakers this season, and we hope the weather is decent this April for their home games here in the Sault. Here’s the link to the girls 2012 schedule:

http://www.lssulakers.com/sports/w-softbl/2011-12/schedule

Top photo courtesy of LSSU Athletics

Bottom photos property of  M.I.B.

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It looks like you guys had a great time! I hope the Lakers raised all of the money they needed for their trip. They’re even coming to my town – I live just a mile or two away from Azusa Pacific and the University of La Verne is very close as well. I am not able to go to Spring Training again this year. Maybe I’ll have to get my early crack of the bat fix with a college softball game. :)
— Kristen

That would be awesome, Kristen, if you could see the Lakers play!! Their new head coach went to Azuza, so probably why she was able to schedule some games out there. Tell them Mike and Lily said ‘hi’!!
–Mike

Good for Lily and her pie throwin’ skills! Awesome! They could use her in the Bronx now that AJ is gone. I think it’s cool you’ve been actively supporting the team for several years and that you’ve gotten your kids involved. Very cool!
–Jeff

Nice unis! And that looks Like a fun event. I went to a hockey game too. It was Dodger Pride Night I will check the schedule to see where in Cali are they playing.
Emma
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So I just read Kristen say Is Azusa,very close to me so I will check it out.

Jeff-The girls work hard all year earning money for this trip, so we give them all the support we can. They make our small school proud!
Emma-That’s awesome! Being so far from home, I’m sure they would appreciate a little cheering section. Thank you!!!!
–Mike

We just did something like that for the Bisons. We met the manager and got a Q&A with him. Looks like you guys had fun.
-Danny

Danny-I read your Q&A on your blog. You guys do a great job over there in Buffalo!
–Mike

Thanks! I think we will be doing more Q&A’s through twitter with different players.
-Danny

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