I was struck by something during Alexandria's semistate win over Whiting on Saturday at beautiful Kokomo Municipal Stadium.
Sorry to disappoint some of you, but it was not by a foul ball.
It also wasn't the magnificent pitching of Brennan Morehead, the defensive play Miller Abernathy made in left field in the first inning or the run-producing offense of Nick Williams and Rylan Metz.
I was impressed by the showing of the Alexandria fans. They not only filled the stands behind their team's dugout but also behind home plate, where a group of youngsters donning their Tigers gear led cheers and rooted on their favorite players.
It wasn't unusual. Alex fans have always shown up for their teams, especially in the postseason. What made it so impressive was the Whiting fan section was the complete polar opposite.
Calling what the Oilers had a "section" may be overstating things a bit.
At one point during the game, I did a head count of Whiting fans and came up with about 30 or so. With the Oilers having 14 players suited up for the game, even with my minuscule math skills, I can figure that one out. The average was about two fans per player.
It definitely paled in comparison to what looked like the entire town of Alexandria seated (or standing) down the right-field side of the stadium.
They weren't exactly a vocal bunch either, perhaps because Alex jumped in front early and never really let Whiting off the mat.
Maybe part of the showing, or lack thereof, was the distance the fans had to drive. For Alexandria, it is 41 miles from the high school to the stadium while Whiting fans had to drive almost four times that distance from their school about 145 miles away.
But this was for a baseball semistate. Half of the Class 2A Final Four.
It certainly was a reminder of how enthusiastic the fans in this area are for their teams.
I know I beat up on a few fans just last week for some bad behavior. But I'm still convinced those are just a really loud few.
As a whole, the fans around here show up in droves and are nothing but supportive for their teams and, in a few cases, for other area teams as well.
I'll never forget the 2016 state title runs of Liberty Christian and Lapel boys basketball. I was just covering the Bulldogs that year, but the way their fans and those cheering on the Lions supported each other at semistate in Huntington and at the state finals in Indianapolis was incredible. It was all about Madison County pride.
Last year, the Alex fans traveled very well for the volleyball semistate in Plymouth, which was the other possible destination for the baseball team last weekend. Had the Tigers headed there last weekend instead of Kokomo, I'm sure they would have brought more than 30 people along.
And one of the more memorable scenes of this or any year for me was the sea of red Frankton poured into that gymnasium in Lafayette for their semistate basketball game. More than half of the stands were filled with fans wearing red shirts and cheering on the Eagles, not to mention bringing along one of the more vocal student sections anywhere.
Seeing the fans show up like this is awesome and makes the games more fun to watch, cover — and I'm sure the athletes would agree — to play.
I look forward to seeing how much cardinal-and-gold will fit into Victory Field in one week.