McCracken County didn’t have a lot of time to sulk after losing to Pleasure Ridge Park in the semifinals of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Mustangs were too busy making a happy memory for one of their biggest supporters.
Ben Clark, a McCracken County senior with Down syndrome, got to take a few pitches and take a trot around the bases after hitting an inside-the-park home run after Friday’s game ended. PRP players formed an impromptu handshake line as he rounded third base, after which he was mobbed by his McCracken County teammates.
Clark joined the baseball team as a student manager last season and has ocassionally gotten to take hits at home and on the road. Friday’s at-bat was his last one in a McCracken County uniform.
That moment kind of “put things in perspective,” McCracken County Coach Geno Miller said.
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“He’s a trooper,” Miller said. “As disappointing as this day was, it did give us all a little bit of a warm feeling in our stomachs to see him go around the bases right there.
“And good for him. He’s been there for us all year. Ben’s a big part of our team.”