Mishawaka Junior Ryleigh Banks earned praise from a local umpire for her sportsmanship during the Cavemen Cancer Classic. IHSAA Umpire Janice Jasinski-Beck filed an Exemplary Behavior Report to the IHSAA commending Banks for her actions on the field. “When one umpires behind the plate, the difference between a good game and great game has a lot to do with the catcher. Jasinski-Beck said in her report, “Ryleigh did an awesome job for me. Even though her team came up short, she still talked positive about her teammates. I’d work behind Ryleigh anytime. Great job!”
The Indiana High School Athletic Association promotes sportsmanship for coaches, student athletes and fans. They have had several campaigns through the years like, “Sportsmanship, Pass It On”. This years campaign is “Sportsmanship has a face. Yours!” Mishawaka Director of Athletics Dean Huppert presented Banks with a pin and told her that we were proud to get such a positive report from one of Indiana’s top umpires. Mishawaka Varsity Softball Head Coach Brian Miller said of the Exemplary Behavior Report, “Ryleigh is a class act, who has a lot of responsibility on this team and has responded by playing well but even when times are tough. She ALWAYS has remained positive, been a great teammate and practices good sportsmanship every day. I am proud to say she is a member of our program and she is a true joy to coach.”
Mishawaka plays at Clay Wednesday. The Cavemen are home Thursday May 9th vs Bremen, before closing out the season at Penn May 13th, with the two final home games vs Marian and Columbia City May 14th and 18th. Mishawaka is hosting the Sectional this year which begins Monday May 20th at Ward Baker Park.