K-Hi/Sitka Softball Class
By Dave Smith
June 02, 2008
As the Iraq war drags on, and the Polar Bear count drops, I witnessed
cause for hope this last Saturday afternoon. The K-Hi girls were
in the midst of a several game weekend with the Sitka Wolves,
and my little T-Ball team (ages 4 to 7) and I were scheduled
for a game in between, while the high school girls took a break.
As the girls wrapped up their game in the hot sun, I approached
K-Hi head coach Joe Austin, and asked if any of his girls would
like to be in the dugout or on the field with the T-ball girls?
Joe asked his team, and much to my surprise I think all of them
Ketchikan High School
and Sitka teams members worked with the T-Ball team (ages 4 to
7) during a break between games. Coach Dave Smith is in the center
talking with the teams.
Front Page Photo by Tom Thompson
Even more surprising was the Sitka team also decided to stay
and work with the T-Ball girls. Watching these High School kids
and the 16 T-Ball girls on the field was pure joy. Sitka took
half the girls and K-Hi took half the girls and we watched one
of the greatest games ever played. We didn't keep score, there
were no homeruns, but there was a ton of hustle, smiles and encouraging
In a world where our teenagers
are nearly as busy as us adults, it was heart warming to watch
them take the time, to lead and inspire the next generation of
gamers. When fundraising time comes around, open your wallets
to these girls, they are a class act all the way, and by the
way, these ladies can play ball too, get out and watch them!
Thanks again Coach Joe Austin,
the Lady Kings and the Lady Wolves.
About: Raised in Ketchikan,
longtime player and coach. Teacher at Revilla Alternative School.
Received June 01, 2008 - Published
June 02, 2008
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