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Rob Reischel
Middleton baseball coach Tom Schmitt (left) helped organize the Strike Out Cancer game that will held Thursday in Sun Prairie./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Longtime Big Eight Conference baseball rivals Sun Prairie and Middleton will again unite in an effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The teams will meet during the Cardinals Strike Out Cancer game on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Sun Prairie High School.

The fourth annual fundraiser game will benefit the American Family Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer research efforts. In each of the past three years, these traditional baseball powerhouses have raised more than $10,000.

Admission to the game is free, although there is an opportunity for fans to make a charitable donation upon entry, or through an apparel purchase. Each team will wear a special Cardinals Strike Out Cancer baseball cap to honor those touched by cancer. The hats will also be available for fans to purchase at the game.  

In addition, fans are encouraged to buy the official “striKe out cancer” shirt featuring a gold cancer ribbon (symbolizing childhood cancer awareness) flanked by both Cardinal mascots.  

Those touched by cancer will also play key roles at the game.

The first pitch will be thrown out by cancer survivor and Sun Prairie graduate, Torrey Calkins and Sun Prairie teacher and current baseball Mom, Carrie Anciaux.

The first pitch for Middleton will be thrown out by cancer survivor and MHS graduate Matt Meinholz, who is currently a student at UW-Madison and a manager for the men’s basketball team.

While the teams are rivals, Sun Prairie coach Rob Hamilton and Middleton coach Tom Schmitt have been friends for more than 20 years. This cause provides a chance for the players to compete hard between the lines, while making a difference in ways that transcend the baseball field.

“Middleton is honored to be able to take part in this event with a team and coach from Sun Prairie that we respect,” Schmitt said. “We appreciate the health our players have been blessed with that gives them a chance to be on the field, and we hope to make a small difference for those children who are battling far more than an opposing pitcher. We are also grateful to the community for their generous support of this game.”


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