- April 21, 2018
- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Ben Franklin Elementary School N81 W14701 Franklin Drive Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
The rescheduled was the proverbial “win some, lose some”.
First the lose some. Because of the earlier weather in April (Tristar Snowball Contest), we tried a two hour time frame on a week night. It didn’t work out. As usual, a downturn in temperature the last hour (surprise surprise) didn’t bring in the MLL players we had hoped to draw after their games that night. Unfortunately, we were able to get only 31 participants. That’s the lose some.
Now the win some! The kids that came had a great time, lots of smiles and what appeared to be ton of stored up energy. Many of the many parents thanked us and said they look forward to this each year. And with the trophies left over from last year’s cancellation, many of them will be getting their first trophy ever, and it’s from our Club!
One more win some. It was very apparent that more than a few kids aren’t on Select Teams, the MFLL program or play organized baseball. What our Club offers them is an OPPORTUNITY; an opportunity to compete, to try something new and to have some fun with the possibility of earning a trophy. Isn’t that what we’re all about; giving as many kids as possible an opportunity and a chance to succeed?
That change was made possible by Club volunteers, Jeff Saunders, Todd Paulus, Kim Wenzel, Ed Schlumpf, Ann Freudenthal, Larry Podolske, Tom Ciskoski, Bob Wenzel, Don Eisenhauer, Rick Kohl and Marcia and Larry Hebbring. Special thanks to past member Rob Robinson and non-members Fred Blanke and 3rd grade BF student Daniel Messina, MFHS Head Coach and Club member Lou Sanicola for use of the radar gun and member Ed Jessen, who still dressed in his umpiring uniform, came right from a high school game to see if we needed help.
We’re always looking for new ways to improve this event, especially the number of participants. I asked the multiple parents and our volunteers for feedback and got several good suggestions. The Box Score will show it was a good experience for the kids and parents who attended, and in the end, they’re the ones that really count.
Photos by Don Gorzek and Jon Cline
Tri-Star Baseball Chair: Jerry Mislang
Tri-Star Baseball Co-chair: Shannon Dederich