All good things must come to an end and so it did Wednesday evening for the Decatur High School varsity baseball team. Decatur lost the second round of the state playoffs against Callaway High. After losing the first game Decatur began the second with hopes of evening up the series but their hopes were repeatedly dashed as their players were unsuccessful in advancing past third to score. What was evident to me this evening more than in any other game I have experienced was that the dozen players in the dugout who had dressed out played a role as vital as the players on the field. Their job was to keep their teammates on the field pumped up and focused to the bitter end, even when a loss seemed imminent. They celebrated every play that had the potential to move the team forward and offered gestures of encouragement between innings. The team has much to be proud of for they finished the season winning 21 games out of 30 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in over 45 years. In my eyes the coaching staff and players are champions. Congratulations coaches and players for a season well played!