They each lost their homes when an EF-5 twister struck the southwest Missouri community May 22. They each knew Friday meant something more.
"I'm doing this to represent Joplin," said Campbell, a senior, "and to show that we're not going to give up."
"We're here for a good reason," said Craig, a recent graduate. "We're representing our town."
The presence of Craig and Campbell was a reminder that the Joplin tragedy will linger for years to come. Reporters and television cameras that swarmed the battered town have mostly moved on.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
FSM story features JHS students who threw out first pitch at Cards-Royals game
Fox Sports Midwest's website has a feature on Joplin High School softball players Danielle Campbell and Mikaela Craig, who threw out the first pitch at Friday night's Cardinals-Royals game: