What better way to wind up ’08 than with a “feel good” story?


What better way to wind up ’08 than with a “feel good” story?


Not meaning to infringe on the territory of I.C. and Erik with a sports item, but this one was too good to pass. Can only assume the idle time reading of a periodical is accurate in recording an event that took place during a softball game at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.


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CWU was hosting Western Oregon University of Monmouth in the second game of a double-header. The game was scoreless in the second inning. Sara Tucholsky of Western was up with two runners on base. She took a called strike on the first pitch before blasting a home run over the center field fence — her first-ever round tripper.


In her jubilation, Tucholsky missed first base as she rounded the bases. As she turned back to tag the base, her right knee unexpectedly buckled with intense pain. She struggled to crawl back to first but couldn’t finish the home run trot.


“Umpires confirmed that the only option available under the rules was to replace Tucholsky at first base with a pitch runner and have the hit recorded as a two-run single instead of a three-run home run,” according to an account provided by Graham Hays. “Any assistance from coaches or trainers while she was an active runner would result in an out.” Western Oregon Coach Knox prepared to make a substitution, a move that would take both the run and memory of a home run away from Tucholsky.


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Amid the confusion of the moment, Coach Knox was approached.


“Excuse me. Would it be OK if we carried her around and she touched each bag?” He looked around to discover the question was being asked by Mallory Holtman, the Central Washington first baseman.


The umpires ruled it would be legal. With the ruling, Holtman and Central Washington shortstop Liz Wallace lifted Tuchlosky from the ground, supporting her weight between them and began to carry her around the bases — stopping at each and lowering Tucholsky gently to tap the base with her left foot. When they finally reached home, they were greeted by a standing ovation from the fans and the home run hitter was passed into the arms of her teammates.


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Western Oregon went on to win the game, 4-2, but those aware of the event remember the game for the unselfish act of sportsmanship by the CWU first baseman and shortstop.


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Student test answers provide a smile in expressing best wishes for a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year:


“Lincoln’s mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin, which he built with his own hands.”


Question: What is one horsepower? Answer: “One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a horse 100 feet in one second.”


 Have a happy!