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Sportsmanship shines on the softball diamond

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On Tuesday evening, Penn softball defeated Concord 10-0 in the Class 4A Regional Final.

But it was the moments following the regional final, that will likely have a lasting impact on all of the players as they finish out the remainder of their seasons.

The Minutemen team called junior Lilly Thorn to the infield for a tremendous gesture of sportsmanship, nnd what followed was a tremendous gesture of sportsmanship.

Lilly's father, Steve, passed away unexpectedly this weekend, after suffering a heart attack.

"We really needed this. We really needed to come through and have some happy moments this week," Head Coach Beth Zachary added, "We didn't expect to have this extra adversity to battle. The way the girls have played and shown heart and just come together and supported each other and the Thorn family, it just makes me so proud to be a Kingsmen."

The Concord players gave Thorn, and her Penn teammates, black bows with Lilly's number 14 on them as a way of memorializing her father.

It was a small gesture, that had a profound impact.

Zachary said, "That was so nice and we are so grateful for the support. For Concord to come out here and do that, in a moment that was probably really tough for them, it just shows a lot of character. It shows heart. It shows what the game is all about."

Thorn and the Kingsmen will face Lake Central this weekend at 11am ET in the semi-state at Lafayette Harrison.

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