Coach’s EO Smith baseball team may have lost, but she said yes and they’ve raised over $5,000 for MS – Hartford Courant

NORWICH — Bobbi Jo Ramsey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago. When she took to the field at Dodd Stadium on Monday afternoon to join her boyfriend, EO Smith baseball coach Mike Susi, she thought she was going to thank the fans who came to the baseball game EO Smith-East Catholic, which was a fundraiser. shapes.

Instead, Susi got down on her knees and proposed to her as her team watched. Ramsey said yes.

It was the start of the fourth inning and the game continued, but East Catholic ruined the storybook by beating EO Smith 2-0 and extending their winning streak to 29 games.

Susi and Eastern Catholic coach Martin Fiori have been friends for 30 years and have been training against each other for 20. Susi thought about doing the fundraiser and proposal to Ramsey last year, but decided against it as he wasn’t sure fans would be allowed. due to COVID-19.

He wanted to play against his friend, whose team won the Class M state championship last year.

“This year I talked about possibly having a game against MS, then I called Martin, called the referees,” Susi said. “Everyone was there except her.”

Even his players knew it.

“I told them, ‘If you tell anyone, I’ll scare you away,'” he said.

“He told me he wanted to come together on the field at the start of the fourth to thank everyone and thank our sponsors and donors,” Ramsey said. “Then he grabs my hand and he’s shaking and I’m like, ‘OK, something’s going on. It’s not just a thank you.

The two have been dating for nearly four years. Ramsey, who turned 35 last week, started having symptoms two years ago. Her leg started to give out and she wasn’t sure what was wrong. She said she was grateful to have been diagnosed in a month and a half because some people go years without knowing what is wrong.

Susi had a friend who ran a nonprofit called Mission Stadiums For Multiple Sclerosis, a sports-focused fundraiser for MS research that also helps families struggling with the disease.

On Monday, they raised over $5,000.

“Mike has been a friend for years, and baseball is what brings us together,” Fiori said. “A lot of what we do is more than just baseball, bringing kids together for such a great cause, getting to know Bobbi Jo and what she struggles with and everyone else with MS, it feels good to be able to do good for the cause.

“Winning the game is, I guess, the big headline, but what happens because of the game is second to none.”

EO Smith pitcher Aiden Gilbert struck out 13 but suffered the loss. East Catholic scored two runs in the fourth (just after the prop) when Luke Wearne reached first on an abandoned third hit, then moved to second on a passed fly and scored on a Nate Grzybowski triple to left field. Grzybowski scored the second point on an error during a scruffy play.

East Catholic (4-0) had three double plays, including one to end the game.

“It’s a good baseball team. They made the plays,” Susi said.

He added, “We’re a good baseball team and I try to get that across to them. We had a chance. We threw it away today. Aiden will give us the opportunity to go out and win every baseball game he pitches, as long as he pitches like that. He did exactly what we needed, which is why I was disappointed with the attack. I felt like we should have scored five to six points.

It’s been hard for Susi to stay focused on the current topic over the past few weeks with everything that’s been going on; he apologized to his team the other day for not all being there.

Now the next question is: When is the wedding?

“I don’t know,” Susi said. “She wants it during baseball season. She wants a spring wedding. I mean, we talked about getting married. It’s not like I was worried about her saying no, although I was a little nervous.

“I said to him, ‘It’s baseball season. We won’t be able to go on honeymoon or anything. She’s like, ‘It’s OK.’ So we’ll see.

Lori Riley can be reached at lriley@courant.com.

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