Owasso High School Girls’ Softball player gets up to play after tragedy

OWASSO, Okla. — Addi Drummond is part of a remarkable story that involves not just what she did but what those in her softball community did for her.

Last week, a head-on collision in Osage County took the lives of her grandparents, Joe and Priscilla Drummond, as they were on the way to her softball game in St. Louis.

It was just hours after her grandparents’ visitation and Addi Drummond did what many couldn’t do in such a moment. She got up to play.

Shane Eicher is Addi’s coach.”We didn’t know for sure what kind of mindset she was going to have. We had two lineups made out,” Eicher said, “She got here. She got in the cages, and I just took her aside and said, ‘Hey, you make the decision. You know, do you want to play? If you do, great. If not, I totally understand, and she said, ‘Coach, I want to play.’”

Eicher said he figured that would be her answer.”So, we turned in that line-up with her name on it,” he said.”It was hard. I was kind of in shock, a little bit. And I was just like, ‘You know, my grandparents, if they could have, they would have been here and they would have loved to see me play.”But, she did have one thought in mind.”How cool would it be if I hit a home run for my grandparents?” Addi said.That first inning, she got up to bat.When Addy got up to bat, she hit the ball right past the center of the field, up over that wall, literally hitting the ball right out of the park.

When she rounded second base, she put her hand in the air toward heaven for her grandparents and then she ran home.

“When I rounded third base and I saw my teammates and tears just started to come from my eyes because I saw all of them and they were all cheering,” Addi said, “And then I gave my friend a big hug when I touched home plate. And she said, “Don’t cry. They’re very proud of you. It was a really emotional moment, probably one I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”Eicher says it wasn’t just her team that cheered.”The whole place went crazy. I mean all our team, the coaches, the umpires, the other team, the stadium was packed,” Eicher said, “It was just a special, special moment and you know I love that family to death and I’m so proud of her.”So were here teammates.

Then, Addi hit a double in the third inning and scored two runs there.

But, the biggest surprise was when the grandfather of one of her teammates, Ward Sherrill, stood in for her grandfather Joe to honor his tradition.He gave her a 100-dollar bill for her homerun, something Joe Drummond would do every time she scored one.”I was really grateful that he decided to do that for me,” Addi said, “I saw him, and he told me what he was going to do, and I just started crying. I was like, ‘My grandparents did that for me.’”

Addi shared the moment she said “Goodbye” to her grandmother, before she died, one day after the accident. Her grandfather Joe died at the scene.

“I just told her that I loved her, and it was ok if she wanted to go and be with my grandpa,” Addi said.

A wise sentiment from a remarkable young lady.

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