Eckerd College sophomore Kara Oberer knew she needed to do something at the plate in the 7th inning. Her team was down 1-2 against Florida Southern College. With two runners on base, she swung and connected. The result: a home run!
Only there was a significant problem. Oberer’s knee locked on the swing and she was in intense pain. Sobbing, Oberer couldn’t even manage to walk the bases.
That’s when the opposing team came to the rescue. Florida Southern College Senior pitcher Chelsea Ogleview and her teammates came to the support of their opponent and carried Oberer around the bases to help her complete her round-tripper. The game-winning home run trot was slower than most, but with a little help from some friend, it was completed.
It was a bomb
Per the Tampa Bay Times,
“It was a bomb. There was no way that she didn’t deserve (the home run),” Oglevie said.
“As soon as she hit first base and her team couldn’t help her anymore, she was just absolutely sobbing. She literally couldn’t put one foot in front of the other. I was like, ‘There’s no way this girl isn’t gonna make it home.’ “
For college softball and sports feel-good stories’ fans, this event was reminiscent of the sportsmanship displayed in a game 6 years ago when Western Oregon’s first-time, home run hitter Sara Tucholsky was carried around the bases by Central Washington players. This play ended up winning an ESPY for sportsmanship.
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“I feel like it’s a life-changing experience to realize that people are willing to go out of their way for you,” Oberer said. “I think it shows people all over that there is still greatness in humanity. People just want to help you out either way.”
Ogleview and her Florida Southern College teammates proved once again that the game isn’t always about the final score.