INDIANAPOLIS — “Victory Field let us come play on their field, and we played until they kicked us off.”
Following its 2-2 tie against Greenwood Saturday night, members of the Greenfield-Central baseball team — baseball, not soccer — posed for a picture with their families behind home plate at Victory Field.
For the parents, who inhabited a portion of the 15,500 seats at the downtown Indianapolis ballpark for three hours and sat in decreasing temperatures without much blood flow in their legs, there were plenty of grins for the cameras.
But, for the Cougars who fought tooth and nail with the Woodmen only to end with a game result more commonly associated with a certain fall sport, the smiles were few and far between.
“There was anger. There was a lot of anger,” admitted Curtiss Irving, G-C’s starting pitcher Saturday night, as the light towers at the stadium began to shut off one by one. “But, now that I look at it, it was a great experience.”
In the immediate postgame aftermath, Stevie Wonder’s 1966 hit single “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” blared through the stadium loudspeakers.
“Baby, everything is all right, uptight, out of sight.”
Wonder’s tune is about an underprivileged youth winning the affection of a wealthy young lady, who found it in her heart to look beyond the man’s meager means of living.
Though an IHSAA bylaw prevented it from winning the game, the Cougars ventured back to Greenfield early Sunday morning with something that may end up being more important than a win down the line.
By going toe-to-toe with a senior-laden Greenwood squad that returns its core from a 21-7 2012 squad, G-C convinced itself that it belongs on the same diamond at the state’s upper echelon of teams.
“We can play with anyone in the state,” Irving said. “I know that.”