"I told her she scored the last run of the season, so that's a special thing for her, and for all of us."
It was a moment of great sportsmanship and caring from the one person a team looks to as its greatest source for inspiration in those two areas -- the head coach. Caldwell has built a monster of a program in just five years at Hurricane, but perhaps the strongest thing he has built among the Redskins is unity.
"That was fantastic," said Byrd's classmate, senior All-Kanawha Valley and All-Tournament catcher Linzie Reynolds.
"Especially that it was her. Battling the injuries that she's had, her being able to come out and score that last run was just ... I know she's feeling something inside as a result of that," Reynolds said.
Byrd said the season, while difficult to endure because of her injuries, has been anything but a downer.
"It's been good, with the team. I've been picking everybody up and everybody's picked me up when I'm down. I'm just glad to be a part of this," she said.
There was no fanfare over the score. No one stopped the game to give the kid a game ball or anything overly sentimental. It was a subtle tribute by a team to one of its own that had played a significant role in helping get the program to the heights it is now enjoying.
Byrd was a starter for the only Hurricane team that won the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship, after all.
It should never be forgotten in Hurricane or by members of that program, either, for it embodies what has been the team's calling card throughout this championship season. The Redskins won 33 games with any number of players serving as the offensive -- or defensive -- standout on any given night. One of the hardest things for opponents to deal with was the sheer depth within the Hurricane lineup.
That depth came from players most from outside Hurricane had perhaps forgotten about.
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