A very cool story I heard about yesterday on sports radio here in Cincinnati, and then found this morning.
Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her career. Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman was already her school’s career leader in them. But when a twist of fate and a torn knee ligament brought them face to face with each other and face to face with the end of their playing days, they combined on a home run trot that celebrated the collective human spirit far more than individual athletic achievement.
To sum it up, Tucholsky hits her first career home run on the LAST [regular season] home game of her career, and crumples in a heap after an ACL injury suffered trying to touch first base. Coaches can’t help her, or she’s out. According to the umpire’s interpretation of the rules, later clarified by the NCAA as being incorrect, they can only replace her. But this would turn the home run into a two-run single. That’s when the other team’s home run leader offers to help Tucholsky around the bases & score her home run. Seems there’s no rule preventing that – so they do!
It’s stories like THIS that bring true meaning to sports. Holtman and the rest of her team could very well have stayed out of the situation, taking advantage of Tucholsky’s injury. We’d never hear about the act, and they very well might have gone on to win the game. Instead, we get one of the greatest expressions of sportsmanship I’ve ever heard about.
Just an amazing, awesome story.