fiction by Savannah Sipple
We’d heard rumors about Catch flirting with girls from other counties, but she’d never said anything to any of us one way or another about whether or not she liked girls. . . . We all knew what happened to the gay kids in our school.
The day only got worse from there. Coach had brought in the All-Star girls from the Little League to scrimmage us, and the game had gone south from the very first pitch. It was 102 degrees outside, and we’d played in a tournament over the weekend that had worn us out. We’d won, but we took the long route to get there: we lost a game. It was double elimination, so we were able to gather the forces and rally, but we had to beat the same team twice to win the entire tournament. We were tired and wanted a break. And now Coach was making us play the younger girls.
Savannah Sipple is the author of WWJD & Other Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), which was included on the American Library Association's Over the Rainbow Recommended LGBTQ Reading List. A writer from east Kentucky, her writing has been published in Salon, Go Magazine, Southern Cultures, Split This Rock, and other places. A professor, editor, and writing mentor, Savannah resides in Lexington, Kentucky with her wife.