A Walk-Off: Little League Softball® Grads Show Extreme Sportsmanship at Florida Southern College
Softball has been a part of Chelsea Oglevie’s life for a long time. As a 12-year-old, she helped Citrus Park Little League win their Tournament of Champions. In 2008, she helped lead the same league to the Big League Softball World Series, where they finished fifth.
On Saturday, April 26, she stepped into the pitching circle for likely the last time in her competitive career. A senior at Florida Southern College, Oglevie is the school’s star pitcher, and the ball was hers for the last game of their season-ending doubleheader against Eckerd College. Looking for the 51st win in her collegiate career, she had 2-0 lead into the final inning of her last game.
She gave up a run in the sixth, and with two outs and two runners on, Eckerd College put in Kara Oberer to pinch hit. Oberer was battling a leg injury, but Eckerd was down to its last chance, and Oberer was it. In what would become the last pitch of Oglevie’s career, Oberer knocked one over the fence to win the game for Eckerd. Only she couldn’t round the bases because of her injury.
“She had an incredible hit, and the struggle I saw on her face made it clear to see that she wasn’t making it around the bases alone,” said Oglevie.
So, Oglevie put aside her hurt and pride, and went over to help Oberer complete her home run.
“It was instinct and something I hope others can learn from. That there is more to the game than wins or losses,” said Oglevie.
Chelsea Oglevie, graduate of Citrus Park Little League, takes the mound for the Florida Southern College Moccasins (photo courtesy of Florida Southern College).
She wasn’t the only player on the Florida Southern College Moccasins to help Oberer around the bases. First baseman Priscilla Gonzalez and second baseman Leah Pemberton, a Little League Softball graduate from Bloomingdale Little League in Florida, also came to her aid.
It’s an act of sportsmanship that has happened on competitive fields around the world. Just last year, at the 2013 World Cup of Softball, two former Little Leaguers from Puerto Rico helped a Team USA player round the bases during their game. Those sportsmanship lessons learned on the Little League fields have helped countless collegiate softball players at the next competitive level.
“Little League is where it all began,” said Oglevie. “I learned just how deep my love for the sport went, I made lifelong friends, and I learned that this sport could potentially take me places-including college.”
Ogelvie graduated from Florida Southern College on May 3 with a degree in business administration/sports management.
“I think the teamwork sense I possess is directly from softball,” said Ogelvie. “That’s why I chose to be a business administration/sports management major. I want to work in an environment where team work, discipline, and dedication are rewarded.”
No matter where her career takes her, softball will always be a part of Ogelvie’s life.
“My best memories come from those at Citrus Park Little League,” said Ogelvie. “I have come across so many incredible people through softball who I have had the pleasure to learn from and who have shaped me into the person I am today. There is no way I will be able to stay away from the sport I fell in love with.”