Clay softball hosts annual Strike Out Cancer tournament

Published: May. 13, 2023 at 11:52 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A handful of area high school softball teams gathered at Byers Softball Complex on Saturday for Clay High School’s annual Strike Out Cancer tournament.

This year’s tourney was paired with a silent auction aimed at raising funds for cancer treatment and research.

The tournament is especially close to the heart for Clay Head Coach Katie Rodriguez, who initially started it.

“We started the Clay High School Strike Out Cancer event for my son Gabe,” Rodriguez told 16 News Now. “It’ll be eight years this summer since he was diagnosed with leukemia. We started this event to help my family. And now that Gabe is nice and healthy — he’s not even here today because he’s playing baseball — we want to give back to those that need it the most.”

The Colonials went 1-2 on the day, falling to Buchanan 3-0 and North Central (Indianapolis) 11-3 before picking up a 3-2 win over Living Water Home School.

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