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Chris May battles back from Crohn's


Almont pitcher inspires team and coach with two strikeouts in one-inning performance, Raiders fall to BWAC foe Cros-Lex


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Almont pitcher Chris May delivers a pitch to the plate during last Friday’s BWAC baseball encounter versus Cros-Lex. photo by Kevin Kissane.

April 23, 2008
ALMONT — Steve Mack (two doubles) along with Tom Chilcote and Burton Juengel (a double apiece) accounted for Almont's four-hit output in a 14-2 six-inning loss to visiting Blue Water Area Conference varsity baseball rival Cros-Lex last Friday afternoon.

With the decision, Almont now stands at 2-2 overall and 1-1 as far as Blue Water Area Conference clashes are concerned.

Though the outcome did not go as he wished, Almont Coach Leigh Stroh did not dwell on the negative.

Instead, he pointed to the return of Chris May (who last year was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, but has since recovered) to the lineup as what meant the most to him on this day.

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May worked the sixth inning, retiring two Cros-Lex batters via the strikeout route.

"Five months ago Chris couldn't play; four months ago he couldn't play; and three months ago he still couldn't play," Stroh said. "There aren't too many things you see that get you choked up in this sport but when he took the mound in the sixth inning I got to admit it got to me," he noted.

"That was the real story of the game in my opinion. It was an inspirational moment I don't think any of us will soon forget."

As for May, he took the heartfelt compliment from his coach seemingly in stride. However, you could tell by the look on his face he was glad to be playing once again.

"It feels great to be out with the team again," May said. "I only wished we could have won the game here today," he emphasized.

"They say that only the strong survive. I guess you can say I am one of the strong."

Few who were there to witness his return on the sunny April afternoon would argue that indisputable point.

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