Holladay • There is more to life than winning and losing. Sometimes it is best to just sit back and enjoy the moment. On Friday, the Olympus and Bountiful softball teams did just that in a show of support for the Titans’ Reagan Everett, who was diagnosed with the rare Li-Fraumeni syndrome last year.
The game’s outcome was not what Everett had hoped for as Bountiful won 11-2, but it that didn’t dampen her spirit.
“It was good, I loved everything about it even though we lost — I was still excited,” she said.
After going homerless all year, the Braves hit three and delivered a dominating offensive performance.
“That’s actually our best game of the year, without a doubt,” Bountiful coach Butch Lately said. “We came to play and I knew we would because we wanted to play for [Reagan].”
The game was emotional for Lately, a one-time Olympus coach. “Oh you feel like she is [part of my team],” he said. “I don’t even know her and I hugged her twice today. I was crying on the bus just thinking about it. She [seems] like a great kid too.”
Everett was not the only storyline to the game as Olympus coach Madi White faced off against her mentor, Lately, and her father, a Bountiful assistant.
This game was initially meant to be the opener for Olympus’ new field, but it was not ready in time. They then moved the game to Friday and White approached her mentor about turning the game into a cancer awareness for Everett. Throughout the game, money was being raised for Everett as well as the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Bountiful’s Brook Dickerson delivered the game’s most dominating performance as she pitched and gave up two runs in seven innings — both in the first — and she also smacked two home runs while driving in six runs on the day.
Still, no one shined brighter than Everett and the crowd let her know as they rose to their feet in the seventh inning to give her a standing ovation.
“It was amazing, it was giving me chills,” she said.
Softball Bountiful 11, Olympus 2
O Bountiful hits three home runs, led by Brook Dickerson with two.
• Reagan Everett rips a sharp single after a standing ovation to lead off the seventh inning.
• Each team wears commemorative jerseys with an ‘R’ in a Superman shield for Everett.