Crosstown game raises money for ALS research
by Bob Brownne
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Bailey Perez, daughter of Ken Perez, who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011, throws out the first pitch for a game between Tracy and West highs Monday. The Between the Lines crosstown game raised money for ALS research.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Bailey Perez, daughter of Ken Perez, who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2011, throws out the first pitch for a game between Tracy and West highs Monday. The Between the Lines crosstown game raised money for ALS research. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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For the second year, the Tracy vs. West Between the Lines baseball game was a benefit for Eric’s Vision, a Tracy-based charity that supports research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The game is dedicated to Ken Perez, coach of the Bulldog sophomore team for eight years. Perez died of ALS in 2011.

According to the ALS Association, there is no cure for the disease, which causes degeneration of the nerves and eventual paralysis, but there are drugs in development that can slow the progression of the disease.

Tracy resident Shonta Scoggins, whose husband, former San Francisco 49er Eric Scoggins, died of ALS in 2009, said the charity raised $575 on Monday through the sale of T-shirts.

“It looks like it’s a great turnout, and we want to get the community together on this and definitely keep it an annual thing,” Scoggins said.

She added that the goal was to have the crosstown game as an ALS benefit for at least 15 years, corresponding to Perez’s jersey number. “This is year two, and we’re going forward for 15 years to see how far we get with research for ALS and getting the word out.”

Eric’s Vision will also host the ALS Walk for the Cure on April 27, with details to be announced later.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

 
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