By Debbie Schechter and Phil Terrigno
North Rockland’s April 20 home game against Valhalla was its inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness game to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an initiative dedicated to education and research about the causes and treatment of cancer.
Red Raiders coach Jackie DiNuzzo formulated the idea after seeing North Rockland’s volleyball team host its annual “Volley for the Cure” game in October.
“I always try to remind the girls that softball is an avenue to prepare you for the real world and that outside of softball we all have struggles to deal with and overcome,” DiNuzzo said. “We, as coaches, use sports to prepare our players to be responsible, respectable, young women who will succeed in the future, while being actively involved in their community.”
The game held special meaning for players Jenn Morris and Caitlyn Gore, who have relatives affected by cancer.
“Winning softball games, planning for college, and all the other things that make up our busy days, really take a back seat when you see the impact cancer can have in people’s lives — especially those close to us,” co-captain Jackie Selvaggi said.
The Red Raiders raised money by selling raffle tickets and shirts.
“I’m really glad that they had this game during my last year,” Selvaggi said. “I was glad to be able to take part in this game. It was really humbling.”
Carmel battles cancer, too: Carmel raised $1,100 during its April 17 “Bats Against Breast Cancer” game vs. John Jay to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a fundraiser the Rams last held in 2011.
“This year, we were a little more prepared as far as on the day of the game we set up a stand with food and sold shirts and wristbands,” senior Alyssa Rodia said. “We learned from last time, which was good.”
Motivated Sailor: Junior shortstop Cassidy Boyle has played on Hen Hud’s varsity since the seventh grade and has committed to the University of South Florida.
Even with her college plans locked up, don’t expect Boyle to ease up on the accelerator.
“I still want to work hard and I still feel like I have to prove myself,” Boyle said. “College is college and it’s two years away. Right now, my goal is to help this team win and go to states and win a championship.”
Quakers lose Weisser: Horace Greeley’s primary starter, senior Jamie Weisser, will not pitch for the rest of the year due to right shoulder tendinitis.
Weisser pitched just five innings this season. Freshman Jackie Hoffman is expected to throw the majority of the Quakers’ innings.