To the editor:
As I sit here on this Fourth of July weekend at River Road Park watching T-ball, I can’t keep from thinking this is the place where it all started. I’m talking about the players, our 2010 State Baseball Champions, our own Harrison County Thorobreds. I also reflect back to the time when the team was just three outs away from losing the region. There would have been no need for this article.
The kids had so much support along the way. Think of all the coaches down through the years that helped mold these kids into the players they have become today. As you know, most of the coaches not only coach, but have full-time jobs and families of their own. Let’s not forget about the parents and other family members. I can’t say enough about the support and love these coaches and parents have shown all the boys over the years. The cost to play ball now days is unreal. I, myself, cannot add up all the hours I have spent with some of these kids. As these kids have grown up, I have thrown buckets of baseballs, helped with hitting and even chased down balls in the field. My trip started in my own backyard, then to an open field behind Westside school, next to River Road and finally onto the Hilltop. I have enjoyed it and would not have changed a thing. The high school years have been great. The players, coaches and parents have been like one big family, spending many years together. I had a great feeling that after many of these boys played at a young age in Cooperstown, N.Y., they were going to be a special team. They played and beat some of the best teams in the nation. The high school team has traveled to many places like South Carolina, Florida, Las Vegas and all over Kentucky. The fan support has been unreal. I don’t care where a Harrison County team plays, there will be fans physically following and supporting the team.
The team has shared highs and lows. Think of the joy when we beat Trinity in the state tournament in 2009. Did someone say ‘triple play?’ Remember the game against Lexington Catholic in 2008? We lost 1-0 in the state, but I really thought that our young kids grew up that day. The kids played on the big stage and did not give up.
The 2010 season is one that we will never forget. When the season started, all the high school teams had hopes of a great season and ending with a state championship. Only one team ended the season without the sting or pain of defeat - winning a state title - and that team was Harrison County. My wife just knew we had the team to do it and boy, oh boy, they did it.
What a joy it is to be a fan of this team. I work in Lexington and when I drive past Applebee’s Ballpark, I still get chills every time I think of seeing the final out and replaying it over and over in my mind. It was a wild scene and something I will never forget. The 2010 Harrison County High School team is State Champions. Harrison County’s baseball tradition is alive and well.
Is now a good time to talk about facilities? Okay, that’s a different issue, but what a great time to bring it up. What else does this program have to do? How many titles does it take?
Players, enjoy the moment as you have done something special that can not be taken away from you and you will never be forgotten. Congratulations guys on a great season! I know that success will carry on to all aspects of your lives.