Linton-Stockton will miss the three seniors on its softball team.
First baseman Megan Eberhardt, pitcher Hannah Frady, and shortstop Erica Barker have graduated to the real world.
“I hate to say goodbye to the seniors,” Linton coach Beth Wernz said Thursday, May 23, after they had played their final game, a 5-4 nine-inning loss to Shortridge in the Linton Sectional championship. “They are awfully good kids off and one the field.”
Frady and Barker will continue their softball careers in college, Frady at Bethel College and Barker at Illinois Wesleyan.
Eberhardt will join the military, Wernz said.
“All are going on to do bigger things,” Wernz said. “They’ve got some things to accomplish.”
Kindness in the dugout
Speaking of the Linton-Southridge game, I witnessed a random act of kindness.
The hard-fought battle between the Lady Miners and the Lady Raiders didn’t stop sophomore Lydia McCammon from showing consideration to a feathered friend.
She carried a small bird -- I’m not ornithologist enough to identify the species -- from the dugout and released it.
A canine guest
When I visited the Clay City Sectional, I encountered a four-footed fan.
I spotted a dog -- I assume it was a mutt with some Dalmatian in it -- whose markings resembled those of the supposedly extinct Tasmanian tiger. I asked some of the men and boys there whose canine it was, and they replied they didn’t know. They said it often visited the Clay City games. One man had just given it a hamburger.
“He’s a random dog,” said a little girl who had just fed the beast some popcorn. “We don’t know where he comes from.”
Maybe not, but we know why he likes to go to games.
I feel vindicated today. I told my fearless readers a while back that the Bloomington North sectionals were some of the toughest in the state. The results of those sectional and the regionals last week certainly proved my point.
We have two county athletes competing in the discus in this weekend.
White River Valley junior Clayton Hoover will be one of 27 competitors at the boys meet at 3 p.m. Friday at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, 1601 North Fee Lane, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Linton-Stockton sophomore Vanessa Shafford will throw the discus against 26 other girls at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Haugh Complex.
Good luck to both.