Father of MC softball player inspires team amid cancer battle

The Midland College softball team’s April 19 battle against Western Texas College will be more than a couple of conference games.

It will be a testament to strength, resilience and community.

In that matchup, the MC Lady Chaps will play in honor of Richard Lopez, father of sophomore infielder Lauren Lopez. Richard has been battling cancer, but he has completed his final treatment. The team has been inspired by his courage, said Coach Angel Castro.

“We can see his strength, courage and determination shine through his daughter, Lauren, every single day,” he said.

Richard will get the honor of throwing out the first pitch on April 19.

“I am who I am because of my dad,” said Lauren Lopez. “I was always smaller than everyone but he taught me to play big – not only in softball but in life. My dad’s completion of treatment means so much to me! He has been fighting so hard and continuously teaching this team to never give up – to fight with all you have.”

Lauren expressed gratitude to her team and coaches for supporting her during a difficult time.

“They have been there for me, and without them, I don’t think I would have made it through this difficult time,” she said.

During the upcoming game, MC will also honor three employees who work closely with the MC Lady Chap Softball Team: Associate Director of Admissions & Pathways Advising Amy Hernandez and Groundskeepers Dake Schmidt and Jacob White.

“Amy, Jacob and Dake have all been a pivotal part of the success of this program,” Coach Castro said. “Knowing that there are people who believe in these young women, who invest emotionally in their success, fuels their performance and really gives all of us a sense of purpose. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to reach the heights we have both in the classroom and on the field.”

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