HOLTON, Kan. (WIBW) - A Holton cheerleader and softball player hospitalized following a rollover accident in February was back on the pitching mound Monday night.
Senior Christa Merriman threw out a pitch at the team's senior game against Santa Fe Trail. She tossed the ball to her sister, Cassidy.
Christa was a passenger in a school van that hit black ice and rolled on Hwy. 75 just north of Topeka on their way back from cheering at an away basketball game. She required several surgeries to reconstruct her nose and repair fractured vertebrae and a reputured disc.
Christa still sported a back brace as she made her way onto the diamond Monday, but says she finds out Wednesday if her brace can come off permanently.
She took the opportunity to thank everyone for their support.
"I have a lot of people that really I haven't seen in forever or I don't know - they give me a call or I see them somewhere and they're like 'How are you doing?' I love it," she said. "I thank everybody that has supported me and said, 'I hope you get better,' because even just the little things help a lot."
Christa plans to be back in full swing in time to head off to Fort Scott where she will pitch for the Greyhounds.