Tempers flared Monday in St. Joe’s win over TCPS in Greenville. A baseball was reportedly being tossed by TCPS fans during St. Joe’s postgame huddle and accidentally hit SJ coach Chris Williams’ son.
Williams angrily turned around and jawed with TCPS fans, once asking them to leave. Seems just a misunderstanding and a reaction from a parent not unlike the way a lot of us parents would respond as a knee-jerk reaction when our kids are involved.
I’m told though he was already mad because SJ drove to Oxford (2 hours) Friday before having to turn around and go back after TCPS postponed the game due to rain. But TCPS coach Will Lowrey said Williams insisted on trying to get the game in.
Saturday’s game started 2.5 hours late as Lowrey said they put 127 bags of oil dry on the soaked field. I obviously know Lowrey better than Williams, but it seems both coaches wanted to get the games in both days and somewhere along the way, Williams got mad. Could be wrong, but that seem obvious. One thing I’m not wrong on, Will Lowrey wasn’t jerking anyone around. Not his style and never will be. Guy just doesn’t play like that.
Doesn’t matter to me who wins, but I personally witnessed some distasteful cursing on the field Monday night and an assistant and couple of fans verbally confront me, a journalist with not a horse in the race.
I know this. Williams was fine talking with me postgame and if some of the things I hear he did, gestures and words, are true, it’s unfortunate. Seems like an outgoing guy kids want to play for. Players need to be taught the right way and it seems the Irish have a lot of good kids. Hopefully they’re getting the teaching they need for and past baseball.
I know this too. Lowrey’s team lost. He had no excuse. The man missed his step-daughter’s high school graduation – at her persistence – to coach the team Monday and handled a tough situation with a lot of class, as did assistant Shaune Holiday.
It’s about more than baseball and players are watching what their coaches do off the field. I didn’t have the luxury to be at the SJ postgame huddle, but I was listening in with TCPS and Lowrey’s speech was from the heart to his players and not really even about baseball. He spoke openly to me about a team that changed its attitude over the last three years and became better players and better people.
At the end of the day, all you can hope is all coaches have that goal, helping make better people, who try and become better players.