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Father, Keith, is an assistant coach with the Blue Devils

EAST LANSING >> Don’t believe that macho fable about real men not crying.

Kevin Caperton is 100 authentic. And he’s not ashamed to admit he did some weeping after Richmond clinched its first state championship with a 2-0 victory over Vicksburg in the 2016 Division 2 finale played at Michigan State University.

They were tears of joy obviously, and who came blame the Richmond assistant coach? His oldest daughter, Emma, was on that team. So was Kennedy, who was just a freshman last year.

“I cried,” said Kevin. “That is why I had my sunglasses on.”

“I cried, too,” said Kennedy.

“I did not cry. I was happy,” added Emma.

All three Capertons are back with the Blue Devils as they seek a second consecutive state championship on Saturday. They will face Ida. Game time in East Lansing is 10 a.m.

Emma will be in left field. Kennedy will play third base. Dad will be in the dugout with sunglasses, a handkerchief, or both just in case.

This is Kevin Caperton’s third season with the high school squad. He started coaching softball when Emma began her youth league career. He followed her to the Foster Oilers travel program.

“We’re close,” said Emma.

“We do everything together,” added Kennedy.

Their vehicle of choice is a 2003 Chevy Suburban. Actually, it is Kennedy’s only choice. That is the vehicle that Emma drives, and since the younger sister does not have her license yet, she is pretty limited in her options.

They drove to practice together. If Kennedy wants to go a friend’s house or out to grab some fast food, it is up to her older sister to take her.

“I’m her chauffeur. Oh yeah, it is a lot of fun,” said Emma, rolling her eyes.

Emma pays for most of the gas. She works at the Belle River Golf Course.

In just a couple of months, Emma Caperton will be a student at Western Michigan University studying biomedical sciences. She wants to become an orthodontist. Her mom is a dental hygienist. She will be starting school on August 30.

Much sooner than that, the Capertons have an appointment at Michigan State University.

Emma doesn’t have to drive. Neither does their dad. The bus leaves at 6 a.m. from the high school.

The Caperton sisters will get up shortly after 5 to make sure they are on time.

“Oh, that is so early. That is earlier than we have to get up for school,” said Emma.

“We can sleep on the bus,” said Kennedy.

Their dad just looked on and smiled. It has been another great softball season at Richmond High School.

Last Updated: 6/16/2017 7:24:37 PM EST