Players asked family and friends to pledge money per strike out, or contribute a flat donation, for their game against San Leandro High, held at Thrasher Park on May 12. Strike outs for both teams were counted.
The Dragons topped the Pirates, 9-5, with Erin Erickson ’12 hitting a grand slam that sealed the victory.
“Everyone is affected by cancer, and three people on our team have been personally affected,” said first baseman/pitcher Alex Lee ’13. “This event is helping us as a team and the community.”
Added Lee, “We thought the Strike Out would be a fun way to raise money and get the other team involved, too.”
The players initiated fundraising before the first pitch was thrown, selling frozen yogurt at school during lunch.
They also sold drawing tickets for Miche “Hope” handbags, with the proceeds going towards the cause.
Donated by assistant coach Dave Bockhaus and his wife, Laurie, the handbags feature multi-colored inspirational quotes from cancer survivors on white faux leather with pink, blue and yellow accents.
In all, the team raised nearly $2,500, which will be donated to the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center, an Alta Bates Summit Foundation Center of Excellence. Among many other things, the Breast Health Center helps coordinate mammogram screening for women who are uninsured or under-insured.
Maria Cacia, mother of twin softball players Sophia and Sarah Cacia, both members of the Class of 2012, said the Strike Out fundraiser was part of the softball program’s overall plan to get more involved in community causes.
This year the team donated Thanksgiving food baskets to Building Futures for Women and Children in San Leandro, and went Christmas caroling at Baywood Court Retirement Community in Castro Valley, Cacia noted. “They all have been great team bonding experiences for the girls,” she said.