Playing with angels in the outfield is one thing.
Doing the same with one in the dugout is another.
The Mooresville-based Carolinas Cobras youth fastpitch softball team definitely falls in the latter category.
The 12-and-under entry comprised primarily of local-based talent can cite the presence of a lasting tribute to a fallen Mooresville Police Department officer as part of the reason for its season’s success.
Following the fatal shooting of MPD Officer Jordan Sheldon, Cobras team members were burdened by the emotional ordeal.
“They asked some questions,’’ said Jon Vanderpool, the team’s head coach, “and we had a good talk about it. We encouraged them to attend the memorial and other events in his memory.”
The Cobras then made the decision to take their concerns a step father in their dedication plans.
The team created uniforms with the name of Sheldon appearing on the front of their jerseys. In addition, they make sure to put on display jersey No. 1 adorned with his name in the dugout during games.
“The response we have received from the other teams and the parents has been great,’’ said Vanderpool. “I know a lot of organizations have done things for Officer Sheldon and the MPD. We wanted to do our own little thing.”
They continue to add up.
Recently, representatives of the Cobras met with the MPD and presented it with the replica jersey as well as some of the hardware won while playing games donning the memorial shirts.