OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Mitchell Walls is feeling pretty lucky.
He’s hoping what he did Thursday evening is a good omen for the Alabama softball team.
The Huntsville native and his family is attending the Women’s College World Series and were in the right-field bleachers during the game between Florida and Oklahoma City.
He caught the Cowgirls’ Samantha Snow’s first-inning home run and the Gators’ Jordan Roberts’ solo homer in the second inning.
“Hopefully that will bring some luck to (Alabama) when they start playing,” he said., referring to the Crimson Tide’s Thursday night matchup with top-seed Oklahoma.
Walls is in Oklahoma for his daughter’s softball tournament and is staying in a casino resort.
We are actually staying in one of the casino resorts. If we are that lucky we might need to go lay some money down,” he said.
Snow’s solo shot put the Cowgirls up 1-0 early. Roberts answered right back in the second with her solo blast.
“I didn’t think it was going to make it and it got here and it was pretty neat,” Walls said of the first homer. “The second one, me and the guy next to me were talking back and forth and I was like one of us needs to call it so neither one of us gets hit in the face. We kind of knocked the ball around a little bit and I ended up catching it too. It’s pretty neat.”
Officials came and took the balls from Walls so they could be given to the players. He was given two replacement balls.
“What are the chances of a guy from Huntsville, Alabama, driving to Oklahoma City for his first College World Series and have a chance to catch a foul ball, much less two home runs?”