Character — Doing the Right Thing

Sara Tucholsky hit her first home run then had a torn ACL

Good Morning, God!

I want to get this blog out early to share this great story. Sara Tucholsky was a senior playing softball for Western Oregon. She’s only 5’2″ and she’d never hit a home run. But she did hit one in  an important game between her team and Central Washington. Her team was one game ahead in the standings at season’s close. She hit the home run and then while rounding first she crumpled to the ground, her knee injured.

Her team couldn’t help her. Even touching her would be an out. If the coach put in a runner it would be a two run single, not a three-run homer. Her coach talked to the umpire. But there really weren’t any options.

Liz Wallace (left) and Mallory Holtman carry Sara around the bases for her homerun

Then they heard a voice saying, “Excuse me, would it be OK if we carried her around and she touched each bag?” It was a player from the other team!

And that’s she and and a teammate did.

It was Mallory Holtman who had the idea. She said she had been playing longer than the others and knew that opposing team’s players could touch her. Sara hit the home run, she said. She deserved it. It was just the right thing to do.

Just the right thing to do, God, just the right thing to do. It cost them the game and maybe a championship. But it was the right thing to do.

I hope folks will watch the video because just telling the story doesn’t do it justice.

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