As we prepare for another exciting school year, we will look back at 2012-13 and highlight the top stories. Today, we look back at Heidelberg softball’s biggest win of the season, a 2-1 win against second place John Carroll. The doubleheader marked the annual Strike Out Cancer event, which raises money and awareness for cancer research. The event was especially emotional for the Student Princes, who honored Megan Dragony. After the 2012 season, Dragony, an outfielder, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the doubleheader.
The teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference raised over $6,000 for the Gathering Place in Megan’s honor.
The story below contains elements from the postgame story and the game notes that appeared in the program.
TIFFIN - The Heidelberg University women’s softball team, along with the visiting Blue Streaks of John Carroll University, celebrated Strike Out Cancer Day in support of the fight against cancer. The Student Princes (12-21, 2-15 OAC) took game one from John Carroll, 2-1 but dropped the second contest, 6-3.
Each season, softball teams from around the conference participate in the Strike Out Cancer event that raises money and awareness for cancer research. This year, proceeds will be given to The Gathering Place in honor of Heidelberg’s Megan Dragony.
An outfielder on the 2012 ‘Berg softball team, Dragony recorded a pair of doubles and knocked in three runs. Shortly after the season ended, the Brunswick native was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since then, she has been in treatment for the illness.
Dragony will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today’s contest.
The colors on the front of the program represent awareness for breast cancer (pink) and Hodgkin’s lymphoma (purple).
The mission of The Gathering Place, located in Beachwood, Ohio is to “support, educate and empower individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.” More information can be found at www.touchedbycancer.com.
Lefty Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) took the mound in her last home game as a Student Prince. The talented pitcher threw her seventh complete game of the year against the Blue Streaks. She collected two strikeouts and four walks while allowing only six hits.
The Berg put up two runs in the first inning, which began with a leadoff single from junior Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel). Wagner proceeded to steal second on the ensuing at-bat before freshman Lisa Simmons (Westerville/Westerville North) lined out to John Carroll’s ace, Rachel Byrnes.
Wagner stole for a second time later in the game, which brings her to a tie for Heidelberg’s all-time career stolen base record of 61.
Marissa Smego (Parma/Trinity) moved Wagner to third with a single down the left field line. With one out and two runners on, freshman catcher Bri Sinden (New Philadelphia) laced a triple to right field scoring Wagner from third and Smego on a fielding error.
The Berg held the Blue Streaks scoreless until the top of the seventh when they collected their only run of the contest.
The Student Princes jumped out to another early lead in the second game with three runs in the bottom of the first.
Wagner reached first on a bunt, which was followed by a Simmons single to left field. Smego singled up the middle and eventually reached third on a throw and a fielding error. Wagner and Simmons both scored on the Smego single.
Smego would score on the ensuing at-bat on a wild pitch by the John Carroll starter, Gina Tosti.
The Blue Streaks remained scoreless until the top of the third inning when they took the lead from the Berg with four runs of their own. A run in the fifth and another in the sixth would propel the Blue Streaks to a 6-3 victory.