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Letter: The way the game should be played

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

On a beautiful, sunny and hot afternoon last Monday, July 15, I honestly believe I witnessed one of the most inspiring softball games in my career. Take note that I have been involved in over 2,800 games, but this particular game was truly remarkable.

It involved 20 young ladies, 10 from our beloved Mathews Little League and 10 from Damascus, totally exhausted from the 95 degree temperature, playing in their second game for the coveted Junior Little League State Championship.

Unlike travel ball programs, in Little League championships if your team does not win that weekend there is no next weekend. Both teams knew that and just left every ounce of energy in their bodies on the field. That’s the way the game is to be played!

All four pitchers from both teams just kept on throwing pitches, hoping that each pitch would retire a batter. Both catchers each caught all 14 innings of the day, kept blocking pitches in the dirt and attempting to throw out...

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