As a pitcher, striking out a batter always feels great. But for Allison Lipovsky
every strikeout of the 2013 season came with an added bonus.
The 5-foot-11 Harrison (Mich.)
junior not only struck out over 300 batters on the season, but she also raised over $4,500 to feed the hungry in the process, according to 9&10 News
Lipovsky originated the idea did all of the legwork before and during the season, collecting pledges for her Strikeouts for Hunger campaign this spring. Eventually the total got up to just over $13 per strikeout.
She let her talent take care of the rest, striking out 339 batters and earning Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Division 3 All-State honors to raise $4,530.
The money Lipovsky raised was split between a local food bank and a soup kitchen network in Clare County, Michigan. Margie Clark, the co-founder of the Stone Soup Project, says Lipovsky's donation was the largest they've ever received, and will likely feed between 1,200 and 1,400 people.
"In the games I didn't really think about, 'Oh I have this many strikeouts so far, this is how much money,'" Lipovsky told Eric Lloyd of 9&10 News. "It was actually after the games I totaled it up and was like, 'Oh my gosh, I made this much money tonight. This is great.'"
Lipovsky plans to continue the Strikeouts for Hunger campaign during her senior season, and is already recruiting local pitchers to join the cause.