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05-05-2008, 07:58 PM

Injured softball player gets emotional lift

PORTLAND, Ore. — With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home run cleared the center-field fence.

But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when she missed first base, started back to tag it and collapsed with a knee injury.

She crawled back to first but could do no more. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her. Or, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in, and the homer would count as a single.

Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases Saturday so the three-run homer would count — an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.

Central Washington first baseman Mallory Holtman, the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help Tucholsky.

The umpire said there was no rule against it. So Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under Tucholsky’s legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed around the base paths, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with her good leg.

“The only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was the one that hurt,” Tucholsky said. “I told her it was my right leg and she said, ‘OK, we’re going to drop you down gently and you need to touch it with your left leg,’ and I said ‘OK, thank you very much.’ ”

“She said, ‘You deserve it, you hit it over the fence,’ and we all kind of just laughed.”

As the trio reached home plate, Tucholsky said, the entire Western Oregon team was in tears.

Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, a 14-year coaching veteran, called the act of sportsmanship “unbelievable.”

05-05-2008, 08:15 PM
thats cool

05-05-2008, 08:19 PM
Hmm I wish people would call there hits with as much sportsmanship as was shown in that video :)

05-05-2008, 09:10 PM
She should have low crawled to home.

05-05-2008, 10:20 PM
Hmm I wish people would call there hits with as much sportsmanship as was shown in that video :)
And beyond just hit-calling as well.

05-06-2008, 12:59 AM
Thanks for sharing this.

05-26-2008, 04:00 PM
Another form of sportsmanship is not walking up to your enemy, acting like you've been hit, then unloading your magazine on them. I can't tell you how much I hate that!

P.S. That might have been addressed in the video, but I can't watch it, thanks to Windows Mobile (I use my phone more than the computer