Madison Stogdill Death, Obituary – One last post… and easily one of the most emotionally moving parts of yesterday.
I can’t help but give my daughter Caedence Risius some credit where it’s due, despite the fact that yesterday was a comprehensive team effort as Lincoln run-ruled in both games with very hot bats. In spite of this, though, I have to give credit where credit is due. After losing Madison, it has been a difficult time for all of my girls, and yesterday was a day that meant a great deal to them.
Cj pitched both of Saturday’s games, compiling a combined 17 strikeouts, a perfect game, and a shutout.
Also hitting .833 for the day overall. After Cj hit the first home run of the tournament, she came over to Madison’s parents and presented them with the game ball. This was one of the most heartwarming moments of the day.
The handprinted ball of Madison Stogdill that her family had made for her while she was in the hospital just before she died away is preserved in a shadow box in the Stogdills’ garage, along with other pieces of Madison’s softball memorabilia.
The moment he got the call, Madison’s dad Steve went straight home and put the ball in the box.
Watching my children struggle to make sense of the abrupt death of someone so young and someone who meant so much to them has been some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to go through. However, it’s through experiences like this that I’m able to get through it. I can empathize with their suffering because she had such a significant bearing on their life.
It’s true that you won’t spend your entire life with everyone, but what really matters is how those people changed you for the better while they were here in this world. They will always be just a tiny bit better as a result of her.