At the 2009 National Sportsmanship Awards, Central Washington University softball teammates Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace were honored for carrying injured opponent Sara Tucholsky around the bases. Tucholsky was injured rounding first base after hitting what would turn out to be the game-winning 3-run homer for her Western Oregon squad. Was this by chance? Maybe.
In 2013, the Fraser Valley ’97 Softball team was honored at the Musial Awards™ for carrying injured Surrey Storm opponent Raelyn Radovich from third base to home when she injured her knee after hitting a home run. The same act of sportsmanship happened twice in five years. Coincidence? Possibly.
Last weekned, Kara Oberer of Eckerd College limped to the plate after injuring her knee earlier in the game and smacked a 3-run homer off Florida Southern’s Chelsea Ogelvie. Oberer tried mightily to hop toward first base with tears welling up in her eyes.
Ogelvie and second baseman Leah Pemberton put down their gloves and ran to Oberer’s aid. They scopped her up and carried her around the bases. Oberer had just used her last bit of strength to hit Ogelvie’s best offering out of the ballpark. Ogelvie used her strength to pull sportsmanship into the ballpark.
Pemberton and Oberer weren’t strangers, either. While the two were in high school, Oberer broke Pemberton’s leg while sliding hard into second base during a tournament. This is sportsmanship at its peak. The two people with the best reasons not to help the injured Oberer, humbled themselves.
I think we have established a definitive pattern of sportsmanship and an incomparable #MusialMoment. Don’t believe me? Check out the Eckerd-Florida Southern video for yourself (email subscribers click here to view media).