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April 26, 2013

Fast Pitches: Danvers and Beverly teams unite for Boston Marathon bombing victims

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Gianna Addario

In a game that meant much more than just the final score, the Danvers and Beverly High softball teams stood together in support of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings yesterday.

The picturesque afternoon contest was dedicated to those directly affected by the unfortunate events that took place along Bolyston Street a week-and-a-half ago.

After a moment of silence, both teams joined together for the singing of the National Anthem. The Falcons and Panthers then played with a purpose in mind, and it showed every inning they took the field.

“It’s really awesome to play for a meaning like this,” said Danvers senior captain Chrissy Gikas, whose team pulled out a 3-0 win. “It really gives us a purpose to go out there and do what we know how to do.”

Every year the two teams get together for a charity game, and this season they decided to donate the proceeds from this contest to The One Fund Boston. Both teams sold T-shirts prior to the game, and the money raised from the bake sale and 50/50 raffle was donated to the fund.

“We thought this had much more meaning because it was so recent,” added Gikas. “It affected a lot of people around here, and it’s a great feeling to go out on the field knowing who we’re playing for.”

Both teams donned special jerseys that read ‘Standing together to finish the race’ on the back and their respective team names on the front. The front also had the ‘Boston Strong’ ribbon in the center of the shirt. Danvers wore yellow T-shirts, while Beverly had on black shirts.

“Anytime something like this happens so close to home, there’s a reason and purpose to play,” said Danvers head coach Tara Petrocelli. “It goes far beyond softball. It was such a great day and a great game.”

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