Northwest Oklahoma lost a great humanitarian last week. Chet Boatright was a man who lived his life for others. He was a man who taught young ladies not only the art of pitching in fastpitch softball, but also the love of the game.

Not only did Chet accept a fraction of what other instructors charged, but many times there was no charge at all because "she wanted to learn" and that is all he needed for him to want to help. Chet loved the game, the girls, and the atmosphere of youth softball.

Fastpitch not only lost a coach, a fan, a teacher, but a mentor to the spirit of the game. Many nights Chet and I would talk to the wee hours about the game, the girls, the coach, the ump, where the game was and how his new girls that were coming would contribute to the game.

We all lost a great mentor for sports and life, but most of all a great friend. Heaven's team will be better for our loss. It was a good game, thanks Chet.

Mike Redding

Enid



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