One for the Underdogs

Last night was a pure joy moment.  One of the best I have had in a while.  I even jumped up and down.


It was all for this little girl.

The girl being swooped up by her Mom and cheered by her team.

dance, all star, playoffs moving up 248

Let me set the stage.

My Nutmeg is on a 9 and 10 year old softball team.  Should be all fun right?

Fortunately for the girls, it really is.

Some of the adults, no so much.

See we finished the season in second place, played our first playoff game, won, then through a series of events the previously agreed playoff game became a makeup game.

Stung a little,  Would have stung a lot if they lost after already thinking they were going to the championship game (did I already give away the ending?)

So, here it was, bottom of the 6th inning (they only play 6 innings at this level).

The young lady above was up to bat, was walked, next batter up, walked, putting this little Petunia on second base.

We just needed one run and the game was over.

But, the coaches underestimated her.

They didn’t realize that there was a firecracker inside there.

They all huddled for several minutes, brought in other coaches, rule books, it was all there.

They wanted to put in a “Pinch Runner” to replace Petunia and to run faster.


Well, turns out the rule books said, nope, not happening.

Next batter up, great hit, not even sure where it went, doesn’t matter.

Petunia ran from second,

to third,

and then crossed home plate to score the winning run.

It was so amazing.

She ran like the wind and never hesitated.  She just went for it.  She had never moved like that before.

I barely know this child, but as a Mother, heck as a person, what a moment to witness, what a moment to be lucky enough to be part of.

I heard the woo hoo come out of my mouth, I felt myself jump up several times and it was such pure joy.

And it felt really good.

It would have been fun to win the game, but this joy was over this girl showing us all what it is all about.

So thanks to Petunia, and to the whole team, for playing with class and working really hard.

Thanks for showing us that we are not always as we appear.

Tomorrow, we head to the championship game and the adults are already managing to complicate that as well.

Either way, our girls had a fabulous time out there and tonight had just as much fun at practice.

Yes, it will be so fun for them to win tomorrow, but I think they have already figured out it is just fun to play ball with your friends.

Isn’t that what it is all about?

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Take care,


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8 thoughts on “One for the Underdogs”


  1. Hello Laura,
    Oh, thanks so much for sharing this heartfelt story. Our oldest son played little league and I have experienced how amazing it is watch your child grow, live life to it fullest and have FUN! Good LUCK ~ Petunia.
    Smiles, Paula

  2. That is so great for her!! It is amazing what sports, competition and fun play can do for a child. I am so glad that she is enjoying herself and learning about the things that she can do. 🙂 I hope they do well!

  3. this brings me back a couple years to 14 years! my girls started playing at 6 and 4. they were our only children at the time. it was some of the best times of my mothering. many teams, travel and spring ball, even 2 different leagues at the same time. they loved it. mom and dad loved it too. they played all the way into high school and i was sad when i knew they werent going to play in college. its been a few years since our youngest daughter graduated and decided to go to cosmetology school.
    now i enjoy football with my son (14) and watch everything softball on tv. so your post brings me back to a place i love and miss…cant wait for granddaughters!!! seriously.

    oh jeez i think i just made a journal entry…sorry!

  4. Thank you so much for writing this – it is a memory to treasure forever and you have captured it perfectly!