Help with a Home Run
Sara Tucholsky, a softball player for Western Oregon University, hit a home run in a game against Central Washington. But she nearly didn’t get credit for it. As she rounded first base in excitement, she missed it! Wheeling around to step on first, she injured her knee. By rule, she had to touch all four bases for the home run to count. Her teammates could not assist her. Then Mallory Holtman, the first baseman for the opposing team, spoke up. “Would it be okay if we carried her around?” After conferring, the umpires said yes. So Mallory and another teammate made a chair of their hands and carted Sara around the bases. By the time they were through carrying her, many were crying at this selfless act of compassion, and Sara was awarded her home run. Likewise, when fellow Christians stumble and fall, we can follow the example of these ballplayers. Reach out. Lift them up and carry them along. What an opportunity to “serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace”
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"Great ball player. She has the love of the game in her blood and always works harder than most others on her teams.
She is also willing to help the other team mates to become better ball players. There's only one way to describe the Beast - there's none any better!
I would have her on any of my teams, she is the best ball player I’ve ever coached - hands down!
It's always a thrill to watch her play and she makes it look so easy. Izabella stands out from most other players who are twice her size."
Head Coach JB Hall
Gilbert Girls Softball 12U
"My name is Hannah Goodwin. I am currently a RS Freshman at Clemson University, shortstop right handed power hitter. I have had the pleasure of coaching Izabella for a couple years. Izabella is a hard worker day in and day out, she never settles for anything less than what she is in the works of achieving; along with having incredible knowledge of the game itself. She is a pitcher utility player along with being able to hit gap to gap. The special category that makes Izabella a great ball player is having a very supportive family."
At least, it isn’t in the modern version of the game. Softball was invented by a group of men in Chicago in 1887 as an indoor alternative to playing baseball outside in the Illinois winter. Legend has it the first ball was fashioned out of a boxing glove, making it soft and unable to travel far. It was also fielded barehanded.
As the game progressed, the balls got progressively harder. Still, a softball is bigger than a baseball because the larger circumference ensures it won’t travel as far as a baseball, making it ideal for playing in smaller (or even indoor) spaces.
The current standard for a softball is 12 inches in circumference, with a figure eight stitching pattern. And it is hard. Like, break your fingers hard. Unless you’re playing by Chicago rules (which uses a 16-inch ball anyway), you’re going to need a glove.