The final score of Tuesday night’s Juneau-Douglas High School softball win over Thunder Mountain was the least important moment of the night.
In fact, it did not matter at all.
The score could have been 2-1 or 20-1.
The Crimson Bears could have lost and the Falcons could have won.
To put the game into perspective, one only had to see the color of the opposing uniforms:
Pink for JDHS.
Pink for TMHS.
The Crimson Bears’ Pink Out Game for Cancer Awareness.
The night already had a traditional agenda; honoring JDHS’ seniors in their final home game.
The night had a message as well in what was the first annual Take A Swing At Cancer.
While the score, the honor and the philanthropy all were important in some way, they paled in comparison to real life.
Earlier in the day, Terri Gonwa Ramonda lost the fight against breast cancer.
Players and their parents knew Terri and her family.
They shopped at the same stores, enjoyed some of the same sports and lived in this same small community.
Players lined up and took a turn at hitting a softball toward the outfield fence.
With a love of the game, the ball lifted off a tee and rotated in the air.
With the support of family and friends, the ball sailed into the sun.
With the donations of community, the ball landed on the Melvin Field dirt or beyond.
With all their hearts, the teams pledged their night to Terri Gonwa Ramonda.
The score Tuesday night was not important.