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Unbelievable' sportsmanship in softball game (Ore.)
NBC Sports ^ | April 30, 2008

Posted on 05/07/2008 7:38:04 AM PDT by Kimmers

CWU players carry WOU player around bases after knee injury following

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.

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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.”

“We started laughing when we touched second base,” Holtman said. “I said, ’I wonder what this must look like to other people.”’

“We didn’t know that she was a senior or that this was her first home run,” Wallace said Wednesday. “That makes the story more touching than it was. We just wanted to help her.”

Holtman said she and Wallace weren’t thinking about the playoff spot, and didn’t consider the gesture something others wouldn’t do.

As for Tucholsky, the 5-foot-2 right fielder was focused on her pain.

“I really didn’t say too much. I was trying to breathe,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“I didn’t realize what was going on until I had time to sit down and let the pain relax a little bit,” she said. “Then I realized the extent of what I actually did.”

“I hope I would do the same for her in the same situation,” Tucholsky added.

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.”

For Western Oregon coach Pam Knox, the gesture resolved the dilemma Tucholsky’s injury presented.

“She was going to kill me if we sub and take (the home run) away. But at the same time I was concerned for her. I didn’t know what to do,” Knox said.

Tucholsky’s injury is a possible torn ligament that will sideline her for the rest of the season, and she plans to graduate in the spring with a degree in business. Her home run sent Western Oregon to a 4-2 victory, ending Central Washington’s chances of winning the conference and advancing to the playoffs.

“In the end, it is not about winning and losing so much,” Holtman said. “It was about this girl. She hit it over the fence and was in pain, and she deserved a home run.”

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KEYWORDS: sportsmanship; womenssoftball
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1 posted on 05/07/2008 7:38:04 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Kimmers

Wow, how refreshing, a touch of class.


2 posted on 05/07/2008 7:40:55 AM PDT by MarkT
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To: Kimmers

That’s great!


3 posted on 05/07/2008 7:41:52 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: Kimmers

Truly a touching moment. However, the umpire was in error not stopping the game and having the injured player removed from the field.

Yes, I used to umpire softball.


4 posted on 05/07/2008 7:42:36 AM PDT by alarm rider ("Difficile est saturam non scibere" -- it's difficult not to write satire.)
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To: Kimmers

Wow!!! Won’t see that happen in the pro’s. Both teams are winners IMHO.


5 posted on 05/07/2008 7:43:13 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: Kimmers

Right around the time I conclude our society is accelerating its swirl down the toilet bowl, I see a story like this. Thank you for posting this — it is always good to see the better side of humanity from time to time.


6 posted on 05/07/2008 7:43:59 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: Kimmers

Sara Tucholsky got a lift from Central Washington's Liz Wallace, left, and Mallory Holtman.

7 posted on 05/07/2008 7:46:38 AM PDT by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: alarm rider
Truly a touching moment. However, the umpire was in error not stopping the game and having the injured player removed from the field.

And let a pinch runner complete the home run. The rules of baseball and softball allow a substitute to be used to take the bases earned by a hitter. The most common example is hit by pitch. It happens often in the majors, a guy gets hit, is unable to continue and the team substitutes a runner. I agree it was great sportsmanship shown by the opposing team.

8 posted on 05/07/2008 7:52:41 AM PDT by sharkhawk (Here come the Hawks)
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To: alarm rider
... having the injured player removed from the field.... - Well, she was removed from the field. Should the HR count?
9 posted on 05/07/2008 7:53:17 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: Kimmers

That is so great!


10 posted on 05/07/2008 7:57:04 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: L,TOWM

I know what you mean, I was expecting sarcasm from the title. I didn’t think it was going to be so wonderful.


11 posted on 05/07/2008 7:58:38 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Dr._Joseph_Warren

I predict Nike will suppress this (and Adidas may not).


12 posted on 05/07/2008 7:59:54 AM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Kimmers
Self-sacrificial. And on that note, very touching.

...an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.

Still...in the interest of full disclosure...anybody who knows softball knows that in hindsight this was not necessarily an accurate statement...

Certainly at the time this was done, it appeared to be "an act" contributing "to their own elimination from the playoffs." The reality was that had she not been able to round the bases on her own, it would have been a 2-run single instead of a 3-run homer...And the team would have scored 3 runs instead of 4...enough to defeat the other team, 3-2...

Still, it takes absolutely nothing away from what these 2 defensive girls did.

And it's also possible that it did cost them the game, after all...because sometimes the losing coach will coach differently to scrape a run versus 2 or more runs.

13 posted on 05/07/2008 8:00:44 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Kimmers

Just flat awesome!!!!


14 posted on 05/07/2008 8:00:45 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Kimmers
From Grantland Rice (sportswriter):
When the Great Scribe comes to write against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.

While I agree that it appears that the local referees had it in error about what could be done, it was the SPORTSMANSHIP of the opposing team that makes them the good guys here.

15 posted on 05/07/2008 8:03:00 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: Kimmers
Not sure which rules they were using.

2008 NCAA Softball rules

8.5.3 Injured-player substitutions. The following regulations govern substitutions for an injured player:

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8.5.3.2 If an injury to a batter-runner or runner prevents her from proceeding to an awarded base, the ball is dead and substitution may be made. The substitute must legally touch all awarded or missed bases not previously touched.



17 posted on 05/07/2008 8:07:21 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: Kimmers

This reminds me of the women’s basketball game where they allowed a girl with a broken leg to “score” and get the record.

I think this is not so “inspirational” as it would have been if she had simply hobbled her homer.


19 posted on 05/07/2008 8:11:06 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Kimmers
Wow. Serious display of class ... and a clear indication of folks who know the difference between games and real life.

(I went to Central for a couple of years before I transferred ... this is pretty typical behavior for the type of people who go there.)

20 posted on 05/07/2008 8:11:54 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: bobsatwork

If I had been umpiring the game, the game would have been stopped.

I would assume that the situation was controlled by the home plate umpire, and it was his/her decision to allow her to be carried. I would not have allowed it for a number of reasons, but that’s just my opinion.


21 posted on 05/07/2008 8:15:28 AM PDT by alarm rider ("Difficile est saturam non scibere" -- it's difficult not to write satire.)
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To: stylin19a

IOW this was pointless.


22 posted on 05/07/2008 8:16:24 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Kimmers

Dig deal! This kinda stuff happens all the time in the NBA!


23 posted on 05/07/2008 8:18:53 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: r9etb
(I went to Central for a couple of years before I transferred ... this is pretty typical behavior for the type of people who go there.)

Was also recognized as one of the top "party schools" back in the 1970s.

24 posted on 05/07/2008 8:19:45 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Morgana
Not sure what that means.

No question it was a class act.

I believe these are NAIA schools, which generally follow NCAA guidelines.

Just wondering what rules the umpire was using, as the NCAA rules clearly show, a sub is specifically allowed, and the sub can complete the play.

25 posted on 05/07/2008 8:21:08 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: bobsatwork

A pinch runner can only advance one base on a removed player. When a batter is hit by a pitch, a pinch runner can only take one base (1st).

If a football player has a clear field to the goal line, then trips and falls before getting there. Do you award them the touchdown. I think NOT.

Stupid team. It cost them a chance at the playoffs.


26 posted on 05/07/2008 8:24:29 AM PDT by Tucson Jim
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To: longtermmemmory
maybe, unless the batter only gets credit for a single but the homer stands.

which I didn't get out the the article, except for the coach's explanation ( which I now think might be the case) here:

She was going to kill me if we sub and take (the home run) away. But at the same time I was concerned for her. I didn’t know what to do,” Knox said.


27 posted on 05/07/2008 8:24:45 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: stylin19a

I think it’s clear that the umps didn’t know the rules. A substitute player could’ve run for her and completed the HR.


28 posted on 05/07/2008 8:25:28 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you, Jimmy Carter for all you've done to make the world a safer place.)
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To: Kimmers

Terrific story. The other team and those two girls in particular, are some natural leaders. They are to be commended.


29 posted on 05/07/2008 8:26:58 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: Kimmers
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.

Okay, I'll be the one to say it: that right there is the difference between men's sports and women's sports. There's just no way a man in a similar position would allow the team to carry him around the bases, let alone the other team decide to slit their own throats in the first place. And sorry, that this sort of thing is lauded in any way is yet another example of the feminization of our culture.

30 posted on 05/07/2008 8:29:54 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: stylin19a

I still see this as diminishing these girls. She was injured fair and square and could not complete the play. she did NOT complete the play, she had artificial help.

It should ONLY count as the single not the sham homer.

Then again sports should be what you EARN not about feeeeeelings like this nonsensical manuver.


31 posted on 05/07/2008 8:30:50 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
"IOW this was pointless."

The fact that the batter has to even circle the bases after a fence-clearing homerun is pointless.

32 posted on 05/07/2008 8:33:25 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: longtermmemmory
Then again sports should be what you EARN not about feeeeeelings like this nonsensical manuver.

Thank God there is at least one other knuckle-dragger on this thread!

33 posted on 05/07/2008 8:34:36 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Tucson Jim
Stupid team. It cost them a chance at the playoffs.

I guess the grownups are somewhere other than at your house.

34 posted on 05/07/2008 8:38:09 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: alarm rider
..I would not have allowed it.... - I think I agree with you. Still, a very moving story.
35 posted on 05/07/2008 8:40:45 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: Hatteras

The circling the bases is apparently put down on the runners stat sheet. She did not earn those bases, she only earned the single first base.

It should not be entered into her stat sheet because she did not “take her earned bases”. They might as well have brought out a golf cart and drove her around the bases.

But this gives the hippies a 1960’s feeeeeeeling of faaaaairness. Perhaps next game they should just stop scoring altogether to avoid more risk of hurt feeeeeelings.


36 posted on 05/07/2008 8:43:14 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Tucson Jim
"A pinch runner can only advance one base on a removed player. When a batter is hit by a pitch, a pinch runner can only take one base (1st)."

Not technically correct. When a batter is hit by a pitch, he is "awarded" 1st base.

"8.5.3.2 If an injury to a batter-runner or runner prevents her from proceeding to an awarded base, the ball is dead and substitution may be made. The substitute must legally touch all awarded or missed bases not previously touched."

As I read this, since a homerun "awards" you with all the bases. Your pinch runner can then "legally touch all awarded or missed bases not previously touched" (in this case, 1st was missed, then 2nd, 3rd and home).

37 posted on 05/07/2008 8:43:30 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: longtermmemmory
"...She was injured fair and square and could not complete the play."

"It should ONLY count as the single not the sham homer."

Not according to the rules of the game. (see above)

38 posted on 05/07/2008 8:46:52 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: longtermmemmory
Not much of a sports kinda guy, are you? Vocabulary could use some work too.

She doesn't "earn" the bases by the mere act of running to them. Now, if the ball were hit into the field of play, then, yes, she would earn each base she could successfully reach. In the case of a homerun, things change. She was AWARDED all the bases for hitting the ball over the outfield fence. Just to make sure she gets what is AWARDED to her, the rules of the game stipulate what happens if she is injured and is unable to touch all the bases she has ALREADY BEEN AWARDED.

39 posted on 05/07/2008 9:00:14 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

so then there would have been no loss to her for not walking the bases.

Just another example of the deficiencies of women’s sports which are allowed.


40 posted on 05/07/2008 9:02:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: alarm rider

Bet you’re a friggin’ sourpuss IRS agent. What a maroon.


41 posted on 05/07/2008 9:03:29 AM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Kimmers

FWIW - “If an accident to a runner is such as to prevent him from proceeding to a base to which he is entitled, as on a home run hit out of the playing field, or an award of one or more bases, a substitute runner shall be permitted to complete the play.” MLB Official Rules, 5.10. A substitute runner should have been allowed.


42 posted on 05/07/2008 9:08:04 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: Husker8877

Wrong Bar Bell Boy.

I was an umpire, I knew the rules, and I did my job correctly.

If that chaps your backward baseball cap, leave well enough alone and don’t reply.

Have a nice day!


43 posted on 05/07/2008 9:14:38 AM PDT by alarm rider ("Difficile est saturam non scibere" -- it's difficult not to write satire.)
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To: stylin19a
...all awarded or missed bases not previously touched.... I missed you post. See mine at 42. MLB has the same rule. In case of injury a substitute runner can run all the bases on a HR.
44 posted on 05/07/2008 9:17:16 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: longtermmemmory
"so then there would have been no loss to her for not walking the bases."

Well, not exactly. The rules do stipulate that the bases have to be touched. As I said in an earlier comment, the fact that a player has to touch the bases at all after a homerun is pointless. But it is in the rules.

45 posted on 05/07/2008 9:44:23 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: alarm rider

Wow, “Bar Bell Boy”, that’s a good one! My banking brethren and doctor/attorney pals would crack up at that one!

Actually, I prefer isometric exercises rather than bar bells and free weights—keeps me lean and strong, without getting bulky.

Maybe you need to try exercise sometime yourself. It might help you be less uptight, cranky, and IRS-agent-like... Then maybe you could enjoy life just a teensy, itsy-bitsy tad outside the rules.


46 posted on 05/07/2008 9:47:47 AM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
And sorry, that this sort of thing is lauded in any way is yet another example of the feminization of our culture.

Although you are correct that our culture is rapidly being feminized, neither this event nor the reaction to it serves as an example of that feminization.

As you said, this is women's sports. This is college softball. This is girls being girls, doing what girls do.

Now, if this were about college baseball players (men), then this would be yet another example of our culture going down the toilet. If (when) boys start acting like this—when that happens and people are gushing all over it—... just shoot me.

47 posted on 05/07/2008 9:50:23 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: longtermmemmory
This reminds me of the women’s basketball game where they allowed a girl with a broken leg to “score” and get the record.

I recall this and remember thinking how unfair it was to the original record holder. When this happens the player getting the break is severely diminished and the record itself requires an asterisk next to it.

48 posted on 05/07/2008 9:50:56 AM PDT by lexusppd
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To: Husker8877
Oh well, of course. Perhaps you should update your profile there friend of banking brethern, doctors and attorneys. As it now stands, given the information, you come across as a college jock.

Perhaps some of your banking, medical and legal brethern can supplement your profile.

If you were a college athlete, then apparently you never understood that games have rules.

Thanks for the exercise tip, I will be sure to factor that in to my running, weight lifting, golf and softball programs when I get time.

49 posted on 05/07/2008 9:56:18 AM PDT by alarm rider ("Difficile est saturam non scibere" -- it's difficult not to write satire.)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost; longtermmemmory; Tucson Jim

Man...remember when sports teams played to win? I can’t believe all the touchy feely stuff going on on this thread. I remember when Boston schools stopped keeping score for their elementary school sports and how outraged freepers were at the assault on competitiveness. Thisngs have sure changed.


50 posted on 05/07/2008 9:57:26 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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