CLOVIS, CA (RNN) – When an official of a California softball game announced that the national anthem would not be played before the championship, the crowd booed, then got up and sang the song themselves.
The fans in the softball game Between Clovis and Buchanan High Schools, were upset to learn "The Star-Spangled Banner" would not be played before the Friday night game, according to the Fresno Bee.
After announcing the announcement, the crowd stood and began to sing the a cappella hymn.
The players stopped their warm-up exercises to face the American flag that stood behind the midfield wall, the bee reports.
"Honestly, I was [when] the announcer shocked declared:" There will not be a hymn. Let's just play softball, "Tiffany Marquez told Bee." Within seconds, people in the crowd could sing and hear the volume of their voices. There I stood in the midst of a true testimony of unity and patriotism.
So all the Clovis & Buchanan fanbases just sang the national anthem before the softball game with the DI Valley title
PA spokesman said there would not be a hymn (because it was played before the previous game), and everyone started to boo. Then the singing began. pic.twitter.com/hlI2bLgfyo
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When the song was over, everyone broke in
Event Coordinator Bob Kayajanian says the national protocol dictates that the anthem will only be played before the first game of the day, but in the future they will play the anthem at every game.  "We got caught [off-guard]. Both teams turned to the field and they all began to sing the national anthem. They started to play some music and people took that as a national anthem and they started to sing, which in my opinion is a wonderful thing to show their patriotism, "Kayajanian told Bee.
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