There are times when sports are about more than winning and losing and more about character. The Sailors had suffered through a rough stretch going into Thursday’s double header against Zeeland West.
Things got off to a rough start as Zeeland scored in the first and added four more in the second. The Sailor bats were mostly quiet until the third. Ella Koster laced a line drive to left that was mishandled, which allowed her to reach first safely. Kate DeMann walked and was followed by doubles from the Sydneys–Vis and Nyenhuis. Josie Vink and Aly Tanis added singles and South was able to cut the deficit to one.
However, Zeeland added two in the fourth and one more in the fifth to leave South trailing eight to four. But there was no quit in the Sailors.
In the bottom of the fifth, the first three batters reached base, scoring two, and after the next two batters got out, Aubrey Meringa walked and Kinsey Brinkert reached on an error on a hard hit ball to third. Ella Koster then tied the game with a base hit and the go ahead run scored on a wild pitch.
The team showed the sort of resilience necessary in the face of adversity. Although the second game ended in disappointment, the team gathered after the game and rallied around each other, proving that they are not defined by the scoreboard but by the quality of their character.