HS Season running down. We've played everyone once. We are 1W and16L. Haven't made a seven inning game. Everyone knows how weak we are. Senior Pitcher and Junior SS missing with ACL BB injuries, Leadoff hitter and Sophomore catcher out with back issues, centerfielder out with some kind of flue. Almost everyone is new at their position including the pitchers and catcher. Opposing team goes up by ten in the bottom of 1st, they proved they can run on us at will, stealing second and third on a regular basis. We score a couple in the third they score a few more in the bottom of the third but a least we are playing some defense. Top of 4 we post a zero and the score is 14 to 2. Maybe we'll make the fifth which would be a win in our book. I put my three substitutes in because at the level of this team is everyone plays. Bottom of four they score a couple runs. we get a couple outs. We walk a kid, she steals 2nd, then 3rd and finally home on a past ball to end the game. Really, they never stoped running and never substituted a single player. This is not the first time this year we have been beat by a coach that never lets up. The umps read the sportsmanship statement before every game but it must not apply to coaches. We weren't going to mount some kind of mega-comeback, my kids were embarrassed yet they came to every practice and worked hard, they deserve to be treated better. A few kids off the bench and stopping the running would have gone a long way to allowing my kids to have some pride at least in their efforts. There is no reason to strip that away. A few teams have done that, thrown their #2, substituted liberally and allowed us to play a full game. They still walked a way with a W. Through those coaches actions they allowed my kids to have a little dignity and I thank those standup coaches.