The Daily Reflector – Coach talks about sportsmanship.
Being nice matters.
That was the message softball coach Mallory Holtman brought to East Carolina University on Tuesday evening.
Holtman, who coaches at Central Washington University, is best known for her display of sportsmanship during a softball game in 2008. She and fellow CWU Wildcat teammate Liz Wallace carried Western Oregon’s Sara Tucholsky around the bases after Tucholsky tore her ACL while rounding the bases after hitting a home run. (READ MORE…)
By: Graham Hays
Published: May 31, 2012
Courtesy of Graham Hays | Mallory Holtman recently completed her second season as softball coach at her alma mater, Central Washington.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Standing at the railing in a dugout normally reserved for the home team in the old Yankee Stadium, real estate once occupied by the likes of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, Mallory Holtman watched ball after ball sail over the iconic checkerboard outfield grass and settle back down to earth in the seats beyond during the 2008 Home Run Derby. As Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton put on a show at the plate, the night sky in the Bronx was illuminated by camera flashes as much as by the stadium lights high above her.
It was a sensation at once familiar and foreign. The nice hotel, the gift bag and the gate attendants at the stadium who passed around her ticket before politely suggesting she and the other two girls might want to try the VIP entrance the next time — all of that was new, if not exactly unpleasant. But much of her life to that point had been spent in dugouts, more hours than might be wise to count and certainly more hours than she spent sitting in stands, so those surroundings, at least, felt normal. Or they did until someone like Derek Jeter walked by as casually as if he was in, well, his dugout. It was like a person who had been raised on ponds stumbling across the Pacific Ocean. (READ MORE…)
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