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The Leander Softball Family

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
The Leander softball team hasn't made the playoffs since 2008.

They're making up for lost time in a big way.

This weekend the Lions take on Hays with a trip to the state tournament on the line.  In all reality, they feel absolutely no pressure.

"It's the most fun group of girls I've ever been around," a jubilant Leander head softball coach Faye Fregia said.  "They love to play.  They are goofy, but get down and dirty when they have to.  I just stay out of their way -- let 'em have fun and be girls."

That's the easy part.  The hard part comes when the off-the-field problems hit -- which is where Breezy Lumsden and Laura Tibbs share something besides their love of softball.

Something they wish they didn't share.

"My parents don't usually call me in to talk, but they said, 'we've got an issue - mom has breast cancer," Breezy explained.

Her mom's immediate reaction was fear.

"I thought, oh God, I don't want to die," Kelley says.

Breezy's mom found out her diagnosis in May of 2012.  She had a lumpectomy, and endured eight weeks of radiation.

The Lions softball team rallied around the Lumsden's, doing what they could for them when they could.

Then it happened again.

This time, Laura Tibbs stepmom Tara found out she too had breast cancer in February.  Laura couldn't believe her ears.

"I don't know what I'd do without you, just freaking out," she explained.

Like Kelley, doctors caught Tara's breast cancer early.  Tara, though, decided on a preventative double mastectomy.  She's currently going through chemotherapy.

Once again, enter the Lions family.  They surrounded Laura and her family when needed.

The unintended twist – it's inspired the team throughout their playoff run, and they are two wins away from a trip to the state semifinals.

The Leander Softball Family


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Scores & Schedules

July 03, 2015 07:10 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

Thursday's Game

Pittsburgh 8 Detroit 4

Friday's Game

Cleveland (Bauer 6-5) at Pittsburgh (Morton 6-1), 7:05 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Cleveland 5, Tampa Bay 4, 10 innings

Pittsburgh 8, Detroit 4

Texas 2, Baltimore 0

Boston 12, Toronto 6

Minnesota 2, Kansas City 0

Oakland 4, Seattle 0

Friday's Games

Tampa Bay (Archer 9-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 4-3), 7:05 p.m.

Toronto (Hutchison 8-1) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 6-7), 7:08 p.m.

Houston (Straily 0-0) at Boston (Masterson 3-2), 7:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Richards 8-5) at Texas (Ch.Gonzalez 2-3), 8:05 p.m.

Baltimore (U.Jimenez 7-3) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 3-8), 8:10 p.m.

Minnesota (Milone 4-1) at Kansas City (Guthrie 6-5), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Happ 3-5) at Oakland (Chavez 4-7), 9:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Miami 5, San Francisco 4

Pittsburgh 8, Detroit 4

Chicago Cubs 6, N.Y. Mets 1

Milwaukee 8, Philadelphia 7, 11 innings

Atlanta 2, Washington 1

San Diego 5, St. Louis 3, 11 innings

Arizona 8, Colorado 1

Friday's Games

Miami (Koehler 6-4) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 5-3), 2:20 p.m.

San Francisco (Peavy 0-2) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 5-4), 6:05 p.m.

Milwaukee (Fiers 3-7) at Cincinnati (Lorenzen 3-2), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Morgan 1-0) at Atlanta (Teheran 5-4), 7:35 p.m.

San Diego (Cashner 3-9) at St. Louis (Wacha 10-3), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (K.Kendrick 3-10) at Arizona (Ch.Anderson 4-2), 9:40 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard 3-4) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 5-6), 10:10 p.m.

WNBA

Thursday's Games

Indiana 73, Washington 50

Chicago 77, Connecticut 74

Phoenix 86, Tulsa 55

Los Angeles 86, San Antonio 81

Friday's Games

Seattle at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Tulsa at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

MLS

Friday, July 3

Chicago at Houston, 9 p.m.

D.C. United at Seattle, 11 p.m.

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