Monday, September 24, 2012
In today's sports society, the competitive fire is usually at the top of the list in what you want to see in a player. But sometimes, and in certain situations, that fire and winning in general, takes a back seat to a good old fashioned display of humanity.
When the twelve members of the Glascock County softball team took the field last Saturday, it seemed like just another game.
Little did they know what was about to happen.
"You pray for your team to win, and then this happens," said Head Coach Matt Swint. "You're like, well, maybe that was the answer to my prayers that God...he showed out that way instead of us winning."
So what was so big that it trumped even taking home the win?
It started when Telfair County's Jaycee Selph went deep for a Lady Trojans home run. Turns out, it would be no ordinary home run trot.
"She fell on her face on first, and me and Anna just looked at each other," said 3rd baseman Casey Gunn. "Our coach looked at us and told us to go over there. So we ran over there and picked her up."
Selph pulled her hamstring, and the pain was more than she could take.
Short Stop Anna Holton said, "She was crawling so I tried to calm her down and said, 'Okay. We're going to tote you now.' I tried to pick her up. then Casey (Gunn) came over to help me and the entire team...it was really a team effort kind of deal."
The Lady Panthers got her all the way around the bases to complete the home run, and it didn't leave a dry eye in the house.
Gunn said, "She was crying. She was bawling. I could tell she was hurting, but I think everybody out there was crying, her mom, the fans."
No doubt, winning is important when it comes to sports, but it turns out it's not always most important.
Swint said, "Sportsmanship always wins out, and that's when you realize you do the right things. You let go of wins and losses and do the right thing. When somebody needs you, you help them out."
The Lady Panthers said they made friends for life with the Telfair County girls, and if given the chance to do the same thing, they'd do it in a heartbeat.