The trip was worth it for the experience and for a special moment when Haillee's name was on the scoreboard as she dug in at the plate just as Allison's name was also displayed as the on-deck batter.
"It was so neat to play in the stadium the night after we watched the USA team play there," Hailee said.
"When we played in the stadium, we felt so professional," Allison said. "It was a really good experience."
While Catonsville finished in the top 10 in Oklahoma City, one memory that is tops for Allison is the club's runner-up finish in the Maryland ASA State championships.
"I really enjoyed the ASA states," Allison said. "We played five games on Saturday and three on Sunday and everybody was so tired and sore — and we still finished second."
The Chaos also won the Keystone Cup tournament in Pennsylvania and took third in the USSA Firecracker tournament at Rockburn Park in Ellicott City.
On July 14, they hosted the Chaos for the Cure Tournament at Catonsville Middle School and Catonsville Senior Center to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and went 1-2, losing twice to the Maryland Stars, 2-1 and 1-0, despite strong pitching efforts from CCBC-Catonsville recruit Sammi O'Connor and George Mason rising sophomore Jamie Rice.
The tournament was delayed four hours on Saturday after an early morning storm, creating a dilemma for Allison and her dad who were supposed to attend the Jim Palmer statue-dedication game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Although it had been planned for months, Allison chose to stay and play with her team rather than attend the game.
"Both coaches said 'Go to the Oriole game,' but she said she wouldn't feel right about letting her team down,'" Burns said. "That kid wants to play softball, and she wants to play at the next level and she'll get there."