SELAH – The joyful noise of games drifted across the softball complex that hosted the Class 2A state tournament.
In the outfield, the Ridgefield softball team was facing the gravity of real life.
Shortly after its season came to an end Saturday, Ridgefield huddled for one last time.
It could be the last time they huddle around Dusty Anchors. Before this season, the coach was diagnosed with terminal heart disease and given just months to live.
There were tears. There was laughter. There was the whole gamut of emotions that come when deeper life lessons are painted on the canvas of sports.
The lessons shared Saturday were about love. They were about gratitude.
Mostly they were about how with a team can help you, even in the most dire situations.