Ada's Lucky Ladies Softball Team Brings Church To The Ballpark
ADA, Oklahoma - A softball team from Ada pitches more than a fastball on Sundays. They use their games on the Sabbath to spread an important message.
The Lucky Ladies is a 10 and under fast pitch softball team. More often than not, church day is game day for them. However, they still wear their Sunday best, a jersey bearing bible verses on the back.
"On Sundays, obviously you can't attend church, so there are a lot of people out here who are missing church," said Lucky Ladies Coach Pete Benes.
So the team brings the church to the ball field, this weekend, the Del City Ballpark.
"I'm passionate about softball and I'm passionate about coaching, so why not use something you're passionate about to spread the gospel," said Benes.
It's a ministry that has evolved over several years. Benes says it all began with Athlete's Church, where the team would huddle for a sports-themed bible lesson in between games on Sundays. Now, after Athlete's Church, the girls spread their Christian lessons to other coaches at the tournament.
"I like it because it's like you get to go to church since I barely get to go to church and it's really fun," said Jaylee Willis, 2nd base/catcher for the Lucky Ladies.
"A lot of coaches say it's cool and we should keep doing what we're doing," said Brylea Russell, catcher for the Lucky Ladies.
Coaches like Greg Darnell with the Lawton Lady Sooners, who says he's been ministered by the team on at least two separate occasions.
"The truth is, we all need to have our faith in God and it's hard for these young kids to do that," said Darnell. "It's hard for us as adults to spread the word, so for these kids to get out and spread the word the way they're doing, is very admirable."
The Lucky Ladies play 50 to 70 games a year and plan to continue their ministry each time those games fall on a Sunday.