Norway, Iowa loves their high school baseball. So much so that the post office hangs a sign in the window during a big baseball game which says, “Nobody’s Grandma died. At the ballgame.” Young Kent Stock takes over a team which has been successfully coached for years by Jim Van Scoyoc, who has won several awards for his talent as a coach. Stock is set up to fail by a member of the school board who wants to merge the school with nearby Madison High School. But as Stock overcomes several obstacles the town swells with excitement as Norway attempts to win its twentieth, and final, championship.
This film has several nice themes, including the theme of perseverance, community, and making an effort to be remembered for the right things. Sean Astin, Powers Boothe and Rachael Leigh Cook all give good performances. It is a shame that due to strong language we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this film.