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.
Tucholsky hit her first home run, missed first base after the other two runners scored, and turned back to tag it. She blew out her knee, big time. Couldn’t crawl back to tag. Ump said it would be scored as a “two-run single.”
The other team, in an important game against a rival team, offered to carry her around the bases so she could tag up and get her home run. They did. Read the story. It’s wonderful.