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A story of sportsmanship


Swinging a bat since age six, Henderson State freshman Hali Kizer calls the softball diamond home.

"She's a joy to watch because she just loves doing it," said her mother Sheri.

Sheri Kizer has celebrated her daughters big wins and MVP awards at Lindale High School.  Watching from the stands Saturday in Arkadelphia brought mom an even better feeling.

With Henderson State leading 3 to 0, Delta State hit what should have a been a game tying home run.  But the runner on second severely twisted her ankle.

"The girl tried get up a few times so you didn't know how serious it was," said Kizer.

The runner could barely walk.  For the final two runs to count, the runner had to touch 3rd base and home plate without help from her own team.

"It just broke my heart to see her limping and in so much pain that she couldn't walk," said Hali Kizer.

So Hali came to her opponents aid, helping her down the baseline. Her teammates joined in.

"It never occurred to the girls not to help," said proud mother Sheri.  "The girl was in pain and they jumped in a did the right thing. It was more an important than a game. It was character, it shows her character. That's the good thing."

The story has received national recognition.  It was featured on the front page of the NCAA website and the video has received thousands of hits on Youtube.

"She's blown away by it," Sheri said of her daughter.  "She's shocked. Her English teacher was showing her class yesterday.  It's immeasurable just to know she's got that heart. She's fabulous and a wonderful kid."

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