By Michael Socha, Coach
I remember as a child my father saying that if I learn something every day, then I truly have lived a good life. Like a curveball, life always keeps you wondering if you really can hit it, no matter how many times you’ve seen it. I suspect during times in all of our lives, the idea of learning something new has had its challenges.
Last night the Clarke County 10 & 11 year old boys took to the field in All-Star competition. With red clay streaks of sweat trickling down faces and clouds of dust dancing through the air I had a front row seat to twelve young men who proved that dreams can become reality and that memories of our lives should never end on a third out.
To the community of Clarke County, you went with us on our journey in our secret box where we placed our thoughts and hopes. As a “team” we gave special thanks to Herculean efforts by parents of ALL ages and ALL sports that practice, run to games yet still manage to hold onto the precious fabric of family where the real life-time memories are made.
We saw you last night; We never took our eye off you or our goal as though we we’re on guard paying homage to those throughout this community who touched our lives. On the hallowed grounds of a ball diamond memories we’re made last night. The words “the legend of the game “ echoed through the night”.
We should fear not of shameful athletes who try and rob dreams of heroics, for their ways are just stepping stones for our children to raise themselves to a higher level. Or fear loses when the hero who stands above beating his chest often loses sight of the support from under to help raise them to a level of adornment.
To the young men of Clarke County Little League; Michael Zuleger, Wesley Price, Tanner Dinkins, Andrew Longerbeam, Alexander Mees, Jack Margaros, Sammy Fairman, Hayden Good, Matthew Cather, Craig Genda, Patrick O’Leary and Jonah Rucker, remember forever that “leaving it all on the field” is part of the journey, yet the memories we shared will last a lifetime which after all was our ultimate goal.
Walk softly on our ball-field, a place we call “our house”, for the foot-steps we have left are those of GIANTS from Clarke County, Virginia!