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Softball team celebrates district championship too early, loses in devastating fashion

The umpire ruled safe but the team in the field thought it was the final out of the game.
The umpire ruled safe but the team in the field thought it was the final out of the game.

Coaches everywhere need to keep this video on hand.

There’s a lesson about making sure you have won the game before you start celebrating.

The Wylie High School softball team in Texas was facing McKinney North in the district championship on Friday.

Wylie had a two-run lead with two outs in the final inning. McKinney North had the bases loaded and Wylie thought it got a force out at second to end the game.

Thinking the title was secure, the Wylie players threw their gloves into the air and celebrated.

As you can see in this video, the umpire ruled the runner safe at second, and as the McKinney North players began rounding the bases, the Wylie players scrambled to pick up their gloves and get an out.

It didn’t happen.

McKinney North won 7-6.

Hat tip to USA Today.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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