CLOSE CALL: Local Softball Team In Path Of Oklahoma Tornadoes
After a week of collecting money at a Johnston softball complex, the Johnston Dragons girls U12 softball team arrived in Oklahoma this week.
The young ladies were excited to bring home a national championship and to deliver nearly $2,000 dollars to help tornado victims.
“I think it will be really cool just knowing that check will help a lot of people, and if it happens to us, we’ll know others will try to help us,” said Kelsey Rambin, an infielder for the team.
The team got to see first the devastation in Moore first hand, but reality really kicked in Friday night.
“At about 7:30, the sirens went off,” said Andy Fehn, a parent.
Parents, coaches, and players huddled into a hotel hallway.
They were there for 45 minutes as the worst of the storms hit 20 miles northwest in areas like El Reno and Oklahoma City.
Still, it was quite the scare for the young ladies in town to do some good.
“What they saw on TV, they put that image in their mind and think that’s going to be them. We try to calm their nerves the best we can,” Fehn told Channel 13 News.
With storms in the area, focusing on softball has been difficult.
Atleast for Saturday, their games were canceled.
“Hopefully we can get out and play tomorrow and maybe early next week,” said Fehn.
Whether they take the field or not, coaches and players say they have learned lessons from this trip they won’t soon forget.
“When things aren’t going your way, you need to pull back and ride things out,” said Head Coach Tony Hughes.
This is the third deadly tornado to hit the Oklahoma City area in the past two weeks and the Red Cross needs help.
You can donate to the Red Cross by phone by calling 1-800-red-cross or by texting “red cross” to 90999 for $10 to be charged to your bill.
Alternatively, you can donate at redcross.org.