A Delavan-Darien High School student will soon head to the mound and pitch in a Major League Baseball stadium.
DDHS junior Erika Price doesn’t have a Major League contract, but she will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park before the Milwaukee Brewers play the Washington Nationals the evening of May 24.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the 16-year-old Price, who was honored as a Brewers Community Achiever for the month of May after being nominated by her mom, Cori, and brother Ethan.
Before the game starts, Erika, a Brewers baseball fan and manager for the DDHS softball team, will be recognized on the field for her community service work.
“She got so excited about it,” Cori said of Erika’s reaction upon reading the congratulatory letter from the Brewers. “She hadn’t read the part about the pitching. By then she was so excited that this was happening. Then she got nervous (about pitching). She’s been practicing that outside in the yard.”
Erika was looking for a way to raise funds to walk in the Susan G. Komen Three-Day Walk for the Cure event in Chicago, which has a $2,300 entry fee per participant. Cori had earlier been diagnosed with breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Foundation supports breast cancer research.
Erika’s idea supported not only that cause, but other students who were in need of a prom dress.
In developing her fundraiser, Erika recognized that underprivileged girls in the area were planning on skipping their prom because they could not afford expensive prom dresses.
So, in March, she placed donation boxes at DDHS and three other area high schools to collect donated dresses.
After collecting more than 150 donated dresses, Erika held a discount sale at DDHS on April 16.
High school girls from communities across Southeastern Wisconsin came to browse the racks in the DDHS commons. Between the sales and additional donations, Erika collected more than $800.
The Brewers recognized Erika’s actions as a certainly a job well done on multiple fronts. She’ll get to bring three others to the game. She’ll be taking her mom, brother Ethan and a friend. Ethan, also a Brewers fan, will get to be out on the field with Erika when she is honored, Cori said.
Congratulations, Erika, and good luck out on the hill at Miller Park. The first pitch will come about 7 p.m. The game starts at 7:10 p.m.