Coaching baseball in Blue Springs for the last 33 summers, I rarely get to see my granddaughter play summer softball.
The weekend of May 24 was a rare exception. Her team, the Originals 99, played in a national level 48 team ASA tournament, reaching the championship game against an Arkansas team, The Magic.
This was their 11th game in three days and their 5th of the day on Monday. Going into the last inning, the Originals led 5-2 and needed three outs to win the championship.
With two outs The Magic scored 2 runs and had the tying run at second base. Earlier in the game, The Magic third baseman broke and dislocated her thumb and was unable to continue. By rule, her spot in the order is an automatic out. All the Originals needed to do to win was walk the girl at the plate to bring up the injured girl's spot for the third out.
The manager, David Baker, called time, gathered his players and explained that they would not walk the batter and get the easy victory, they would pitch to her and earn the victory (or loss). They struck the girl out and won the championship!
David Baker is what is right about youth coaches and a man I trust to teach my granddaughter life lessons.