It’s All About Character

May 13, 2008

Sara Tucholsky is a senior at Western Oregon University. This is her last season playing college ball. She’s never been a power hitter. In fact, she’d never hit a home run. That is, until a game against Central Washington University.

Her first ever homer brought in two teammates. But in her excitement, she missed first base. As she turned back, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). She couldn’t round the bases under her own power.

So, what happened? You’ll have to watch the video. I guarantee, it will bring a smile to your face.



  1. And just when we thought the whole world was going to hell in a hand basket. The youmg will always frighten us but it is exciting to be inspired by them!

  2. Based on the (mis)understanding of the rules, had they not carried her around the bases, they still would have lost, but by a score 3-2 instead of 4-2. She hit the homerun and deserved to go around the bases. In other words, once the ball has gone over the fence, the athletic and competitive portion of the play is over. The player needs to complete the play by touching the bases, and since she was injured, her opponents helped her complete the non-competitive portion of the play. The opposing team was not going to lose anything by helping her out. A competitive spirit doesn’t preclude a sense of justice. We are not going to remember if they won or lost, we are going to remember this kind of stuff that shows the character of the team. Awesome story.

  3. Thanks Mark and Terry for your thoughts. If only the media would spend more time on these kind of stories…but alas that would not sell commercial air time.

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