The Catch of Misee Sue by Mary Jane Bryan
Due to unusual circumstances, when Misee Sue makes a “miracle” catch, allowing her high school baseball team to win the state championship, no one sees it. Everyone thinks she’s lying—there was no way she could have caught it. The title goes to the other team. Parents, her “soul mate,” all the townspeople in this small community totally ignore and shun her, including during graduation. After a week, she cannot stand the hurt and betrayal any longer and drives away to a friend in another town, never to return. Then a farmer comes home from a week-long vacation, raving about the catch he saw Misee Sue make. The championship is overturned and Misee Sue’s team wins the title. Everyone runs to find Misee Sue, now convinced she was telling the truth. But the knowledge is bittersweet. It’s too late. She is gone.