On Saturday, the Nederland softball team will host Port Neches-Groves in the second installment of Mid-County Madness. This rivalry will take a back seat to a good cause, though, that the start of the game.
In recent years, the Nederland portion of MCM has been the Strike Out Cancer game, with both sides raising money for cancer research. This year, the Lady Bulldogs are hosting a benefit along with Brooke’s Believers for Ashley Watts.
Watts, a 10-year old at Highland Park Elementary, was diagnosed in November 2011 with a rare and serious blood disorder. Watts received a bone marrow transplant on Nov. 26, 2012 and has been traveling back and forth from Texas Children’s Hospital for treatment.
The 6th annual Mud Bug Benefit is being hosted by Brooke’s Believers on April 20 at the Rockn’ A Café on Cardinal Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for Watts. A portion of those proceeds will go to cover current and ongoing medical expenses.
The Nederland softball team will be pitching in on Saturday, with Watts throwing out the first pitch at the game and being recognized along with her mother, Ginger, and her family. The Lady Bulldogs will also donate items for the benefit, as well as bring drinks and donating their time with the kids on the day of the benefit.
Nederland and PN-G will play at 7 p.m. Saturday. PN-G beat Nederland 7-3 at the Reservation earlier this season. The Lady Bulldogs have won five straight games since losing to the Lady Indians, while PN-G has gone 2-3 since that victory, losing to Vidor, Lumberton and LC-M.
Game of the week
LC-M at Nederland softball – Speaking of those Lady Bulldogs, they may be playing in the most hotly contested game of the weekend. If Nederland wants to claim a share of the district title, it needs to pick up a victory over LC-M here.