WPU Softball Helps Strike Out Cancer

Peace Pacers vs Georgia Wesleyan Wolves dressed in pink

By Katelyn McLamb

The Peace Pacers played a doubleheader against the Georgia Wesleyan Wolves on March 26 to help raise money for the Pretty in Pink Foundation.

PIPF is a non-profit foundation created to help under or uninsured breast cancer victims in North Carolina receive the treatment they need to become the survivors of tomorrow.

To kick off the special event, a local biker club, the Pink Ribbon Riders, came to rally the crowd and show support to the cause by coming on to field and revving their engines. The day was meant to be fun, even while supporting a serious cause.

“The bikes were new this year, it was even a surprise to the girls,” said William Peace University softball coach, Charlie Dobbins. “I wanted to get not only them pumped and ready to play, but also everyone else who came out to support.”

At the beginning of the game, two breast cancer survivors Tara Sparks and Ginger Shields threw out first pitches and received softballs signed by the team.

Kelsey Durham led the team on the mound in game one allowing no runs scored for a 8-0 win.

During the break between the two games, three Louisville Sluggers that were all pink with the team signatures were auctioned off. Each bat brought in over $100 for the foundation.

The second game went in a similar fashion, the Pacers racking up eight easy runs. Only in the seventh inning did Georgia Wesleyan push across five runs, but came up short in tying it up with the Pacers.

At the end of the day, WPU softball finished up with two more wins under their belt bringing their overall record to 17-19.

Through auctions of the three team autographed pink bats and a 50/50 raffle the softball team was able to raise almost $800 to donate to the Pretty in Pink Foundation.

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