Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/7/12

Softball is a pretty big deal nowadays, and like most established sports it has its own Hall of Fame located in Orlando, Fl. On Friday, Patty Gasso was supposed to be the newest inductee into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, recognizing her career at the University of Oklahoma, coaching the softball team to an 871-279-2 record during her 18 seasons. Instead, Gasso was absent. Gasso was hoping that her son’s high school 6A football title game would be scheduled for Saturday, allowing her to make the induction ceremony, according to the Oklahoman. However, her son’s game was indeed slated for Friday, and Gasso made the decision to pass it up to support her son. “Mom, it’s OK, you need to go do that,” DJ Gasso says he tiold his mother. “I wish she could be at both and I wish I could be there for both. If she’s there, it’d be even better,” he told the paper. As it turned out, Gasso’s team lost the game 55-20 in front of 15,000 fans at Boone Pickens Stadium.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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