Fundraiser and senior night make baseball game memorable

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Cassidy Vuylsteke

The sophomores and juniors on the OHS varsity baseball team stand while the team’s 12 seniors are honored before the Tigers’ game against Lindbergh on May 5.

For the first time, OHS raised money for Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS) and Down’s Syndrome at the varsity baseball game against Lindbergh on May 5.

During the game, the freshman baseball team collected donations from the crowd towards PKS. Combined with selling over 400 T-shirts, the game raised over $1,400 for the cause. According to head coach Rich Sturm, the awareness game was “an emotional moment”. Sturm plans to hold more awareness games in the future.

“I decided to raise awareness like the other sports have,” said Sturm. “It was important for the kids to draw a connection with the cause.”

Although they played solid defense, the Tigers lost 5-0 to the Flyers. The team honored its 12 seniors as well.

“The will and want was there, but they were the better team that day,” said starting outfielder Corey Chambliss (12).

After their loss to Lindbergh, the Tigers beat Fox 6-3 on May 7 and then Festus the next day, 5-4. Sturm has high expectations as the team prepares to compete in districts. OHS will play in its first district playoff game on May 16 against Mehlville at Seckman at 4:15. The team’s record is 16-10.

“We have a great group of kids, so we’ll see how far we can go.” said Sturm.