Kelsey Berlin, a freshman right fielder for Butler Community College, was back at practice on Thursday after four days of unexplained absence from her teammates – Kelsey’s father, Tim, died last Wednesday. After having a heart attack on Sunday in Wichita, he survived four days on life support. Here’s my story on what happened and how that fence at Wichita State’s Wilkins Field got the hole in it during last weekend’s Region VI Tournament, which Butler won to advance to next week’s NJCAA World Series in St. George, Utah. The story will run in Wednesday’s Eagle.
There’s being mentally tough, and then there’s whatever Kelsey Berlin became in the last week. You don’t see it very often – so appreciate it when you do.
I don’t think the Grizzlies have a real shot at the NJCAA title this year, but if they can get this entire group of freshman back they’ve got the potential to win a national title.
NW product Mac Millspaugh could be back, as well as twin sister and catcher Alex. East product Ashley Malone is the team’s top hitter and could be back. Crazy to think that they lost three freshman to Division I after last season … but that’s part of the deal for Coach Doug Chance. As he explained it to me, they tell kids when they come in (the ones that qualify academically) that if they can find a good situation after the first year they’ll help them along.