Watching Joppa’s baseball/softball team play Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25, it occurred to me that I could quite possibly be watching the final episodes of Joppa’s spring sports as we know them.
The softball team began the season with a bare bones roster and folded just a week or so ago. The baseball team absorbed the girls who wanted to continue to play and, once again, the baseball team is a co-ed venture.
Agape was in Joppa on Monday, April 24, and the Knights went home with a 17-0 win in a lop-sided match.
Century was next up on Joppa’s home game schedule, and this one again ended in five innings, but the score this time was 17-7.
Joppa’s Ava Stephens laid down a nifty bunt to ignite a third-inning rally, which saw the Rangers plate three runs in addition to the previous single tally they had on the board.
Something that struck me was that even with the obvious lack of experience by most of the boys and an obvious disinterest in the sport by a few, the team tried its best to compete and the game was played with no rancor, no needling and with a good deal of sportsmanship.
My hat is off to the small schools that struggle through these problems and keep on plugging. For the record, I counted three young ladies who saw time on the field for the Rangers — Sky Keeling, Jaelyn Marley and Stephens. Kudos, girls.
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