Her First Home Run

In a small town in the middle of Washington State, in a field inside a chain linked fence, in a game fewer than a 100 people saw, a home run was hit — not memorable for the distance it traveled or the game it decided, but for the meaning it carried. Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky had never hit a home run in her career. On the rival team, Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman was already her school’s career leader in them. But when a twist of fate and a torn knee ligament brought them face to face with each other, and face to face with the end of their playing days, they collaborated on a home run trot that celebrated the collective human spirit far more than individual athletic achievement.

Though it ultimately cost them the game, rivals Mallory Holtman and her teammate Liz Wallace made sure Sara touched all the bases … and in the process touched the hearts of the fans in the stands, and sports lovers around the world. As featured on KarmaTube, ESPN reports on an unforgettable home run and a lesson in true sportmanship.

As Tom Hanks’ character comically reminded his all-women’s team in “League of Their Own,” there’s no crying in baseball. But prepare yourself — here’s the exception.