By Whitney Tarpy
Current and former Bulldogs recently put together a home run derby for a good cause. "Swinging for Shepherd" took place on Sunday, April 1 at softball's Jack Turner Stadium following the conclusion of the game against Florida. Kristyn Sandberg, Alisa Goler, Tori Moody, Dallas Lee, Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine James, Emilie Burger, Mary Katelyn Williams, Laura Guest, Will Dyer, & Meghan Purvis helped put the event together while participants included Goler, Taylor Schlopy, Bri Hesson, Tori Moody and Ben Jones as well as former Gator softball player Francesca Enea.
The event also included a silent auction with most items being signed apparel. Ranging from game worn cleats, batting gloves and jerseys, the John Hancocks included lots of softball greats like Jennie Finch, Jessica Mendoza, Cat Osterman and more.
Though former Gator Enea technically won the derby, everybody who helped with this great cause was the real winner. Between each hitter having two sponsors at $5 a hit, percentage night at YoDawgs, auction items and outside donations, they raised over $2,100 dollars for the Shepherd Center.