Today’s post is an amazing story that shouldn’t be so amazing. I first read this story here on the Balancing Motherhood blog.
The story in a nutshell: Western Oregon college senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her 4 year softball career. Now her team was playing in the NCAA Division II tournament, the game was tied 0-0, and she was up to bat. Sara gave it her all…and slammed it over center field for a home run!
As she excitedly began rounding the bases, her right knee gave out and she crumpled to the dirt, unable to continue and obviously in a lot of pain. The referee warned the coach that her home run wouldn’t count if she were touched by anyone from her side before she tagged home base, so the coach hesitated, knowing that this was an important moment for Sara.
At that moment, senior Mallory Holtman from the opposing team – her team’s career leader in home runs playing in her final home game ever – stepped up to the referee with shortstop Liz Wallace and asked if they could carry Sara around the bases. Since they were from the opposing team, their actions would ensure that Sara’s homerun would count.
They carried her around the bases, slowing at each one so her left foot could tag the base, finally crossing home plate to a standing ovation.
Sara’s team won the game 4-2. It probably would have gone into overtime tied if Sara’s run hadn’t counted.
But no one truly lost that day. I can only imagine how proud Mallory Holtman’s parents are of her. She is one shining example of sportsmanship at its finest.
Read the full story here on ESPN.