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Softball Tournament Raises Funds for Teen Shooting Victim

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<div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Almost a month to the day that 16-year old Brianna Ramirez was shot in the eye near her home in Parlier, on Sunday her softball family rallied around her to raise her spirits, and some money for her recovery.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Twenty-one softball teams from Central Cal Dirt Dogs gathered at Madera South High School to play in a tournament on Sunday. Brianna is a softball player at Sanger High School. All the money raised at the event will go to her.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Judy Shaubach, the varsity softball coach at Madera High School said, &quot;We’re opponents when it comes to league, but today, we’re on the same team, and we’re fighting for the same cause.&quot;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">That cause was to speak out against violence. The same kind of senseless act that caused Brianna to lose her eye.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&quot;It could have been any one of our kids, you know? It could have been our community just as easy as it was Sanger, Parlier community. And so, we’re here to make people aware that we need to stop this needless violence,&quot; said Shaubach.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">On the night of February 12 around 10pm, Parlier Police said Brianna and her mother were driving home. Investigators said a stray bullet from a nearby gang-related shooting struck the softball player in the right eye. The first thing Brianna asked for after waking up from her coma, was, &quot;Can I play tomorrow?&quot;.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Brianna said on Sunday, &quot;Ya, I miss it a lot.&quot;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">The participating teams came from as far as Salinas and donated money to play. Dozens of volunteers spared their weekend, and t-shirts, bracelets, and food were sold at the tournament. Francine Ricks, a Dirt Dog Softball coach said 100-percent of the proceeds raised will go to Brianna.</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Ricks said, &quot;For whatever she needs, whatever medical, if they need a new car, help her with lessons to get her back on the field to get her eye trained or whatever she may need to get back.&quot;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Brianna reacted, &quot;It’s amazing, it’s great.&quot;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Police said no arrests have been made yet in Brianna’s shooting. There is a $14,000 reward for any information on this case.</div></div>

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