Karma is a bitch and it kicked South Snohomish in the ass.
This story develops in the depths of Female Little League Baseball. 6? teams were left in a playoff format where each team plays 4 games. South Snohomish, WA was 3-0 and they were playing North Carolina who was 2-1. Central Iowa had just beat a team to finish 3-1. If South Snohomish won the game against NC, they would be 4-0 and play Central Iowa. However, if they lost the game, they’d all be tied and the tiebreaker had them playing NC. So what happened?
In an incredible display of stupidity, the girls were bunting with two strikes and swinging at balls in the dirt. They lost 8-0. Iowa’s coach appealed the game and the commissioners decided to make South Snohomish and Iowa play a playoff game for rights to the finals due to poor sportsmanship. As luck would have it, Iowa won 3-2 and knocked out the Washington team that laid down.
Here was all I could find on why Washington thought laying down was the right play:
It was not immediately clear why Washington might prefer North Carolina to advance rather than Iowa. Washington had beaten Iowa by only one run in preliminary play, and might have wanted to avoid facing it again, Chadd suggested.
Lose better. How stupid do you have to be to lose that moronically. You tell your team to let a ball go through your legs. Overthrow the cutoff man. Get called out looking. The team even decided to sit their best players. You had a pitcher pitch every single inning of every single game and you decide to sit her. C’MON. You don’t need Sherlock Holmes for this one.
What the North Carolina team should have done was to stop trying as well. They were going to advance no matter what so they should have started to let the other team win. That would make for good ratings. Two teams seeing who could be worse. I’m really not sure if there were a whole lot better outcomes other than the two teams playing each other for the spot.