The Halls are a softball family. Jean met her husband, Bob, in a coed softball league. She still plays on a league in Cornelius.
Bob is in his first year coaching softball at Lake Norman High. Daughter Tori, 13, plays for the Carolina Starz softball team and Cortney, 17, played when she was growing up.
But now the Halls are a softball family divided. Kayla, 15, is a freshman on the Hopewell varsity team, conference rivals of her father's Lake Norman team in the new I-Meck conference.
"I didn't expect her to make varsity," Bob said. "We didn't expect to be in the situation this year."
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The Hopewell Titans, under first-year head coach Brant Jensen, started the season 8-1, winning their games by an average of more than 13 runs. Outside of the Lake Norman High game, they have only surrendered one run all season, to Mooresville in a 5-1 victory.
The Lake Norman Wildcats started an undefeated 10-0 and should be the Titans biggest obstacle to a conference championship.
The Wildcats and Titans have already faced off once this year, a tight game on March 19 that ended in a 9-8 Lake Norman win, Hopewell's only loss on the season.
According to Bob and Kayla, there was no trash talking before or after the game.
After the game "my dad gave me a hug, and we went out to eat," said Kayla. She added that since they're at different schools, they try to go out to eat regularly to catch up.
Bob said that while he wanted his team to win, coaching against his daughter put him in a tough spot.
"You're nervous as a father," he said. "That's the tough part of separating a coach and a dad."
When Kayla would come up to bat, he wanted her to do well, but he also didn't want it to hurt his team.
"I kind of wish she'd gotten a hit and we got a double play right after it," said Bob.
Kayla said they don't talk much about their respective teams when they're home.
"We don't talk specifically about games," she said. "It's definitely kind of vague information," just telling each other the scores of the games and who won. They don't want to give each other too much information.
When asked who she was pulling for during the Hopewell and Lake Norman game, Jean quickly answered, "You know I pulled for her (Kayla)."
But she admits that it was hard to watch them play against each other.
"I didn't know quite who to cheer for," she said. "You know that someone in the house is going to be the loser."
It was especially hard because Bob coached Kayla for many years before this season. He was her coach on recreation leagues, assistant coach on several tournament teams and also coached her at Bailey Middle School, where he still coaches. When he heard there was an opening at Hopewell, he got in touch with the school but heard nothing back before he was hired as coach at Lake Norman.
Kayla said that it was different to be playing softball without her dad as a coach, but she also thought it was time to branch out.
"She's pretty mature about it," said Bob. "She understands me coaching someone other than her."
Bob said people who coach their own children are either too easy on them or too hard. He admits he was the latter.
"I have to be a little tougher on her than anyone else," he said. "She is my daughter."
Kayla said not having her father to push her has made it harder to motivate herself. She used to come early to practice and leave late because of her dad. Now she has to push herself and get better.
But Bob has already seen her work pay off and is proud of what she's doing, even if it's not for his team.
"I'm very excited for her," he said. "To me it was great that she made varsity as a freshman. That's credit to the kind of girl she is."