April 30, 2013
Eastside Catholic High School’s baseball team goes to pinch pitcher for Mariner’s pregame ceremony
It wasn’t a hall-of-famer, a politician or a rock star that threw the first pitch of the Mariners’ home game April 13. It was Jane Dickison, a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman from Sammamish.
The honor was originally offered to the Eastside Catholic High School baseball team. Instead of choosing from among themselves, the boys decided to offer the opportunity to one of their classmates in the school’s Options Program, which provides instruction for students with developmental disabilities. Dickison is in her final year of the program and was selected for the spot on the mound.
“We thought it would be awesome to give someone with disabilities the opportunity to do something like this they couldn’t be able to do otherwise,” said Alex Foley, of Issaquah, one of the team’s four co-captains. Foley has already played at Safeco Field in the Mariners High School Baseball Classic and was set to do so again April 20, when the Eastside Catholic Crusaders were going to faceoff against Newport.
“We get the opportunity no matter what, but an Options student wouldn’t,” he added.