FPD's Karsen Ochs helping strike out hunger in Macon

FPD pitcher Karsen Ochs donates more than $6,800 to the Macon Community Food Bank on Tuesday. (Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- It's always great to see when student-athletes use their talents to help make a difference in their communities. That is definitely the case for First Presbyterian Day pitcher Karsen Ochs.

The junior just finished up her third season participating in "Strike Out For Hunger," a foundation she started her freshman year. With each strike out that Ochs tallied this season, people in the community made a donation to her cause. In her first two years she raised $8,000 and this year she wanted to set the lofty goal of $6,500. Well, thanks to plenty of strikeouts (148) and plenty of generous donors, Ochs exceeded that mark.

Tuesday she donated a check worth $6,827 to the Macon Community Food Bank, a check that will provide 35,000 meals to hungry people in need in the Macon area.

"It means a lot because I know I'm helping so many people," said Ochs. "I really hope that I can continue this all four years of my high school career but I also want this to continue after my career."

The food bank is more than grateful for all of her hard work.

"For a young person like herself to do this," said Macon Community Food Bank executive director David Griffin. "It's a wonderful experience and a wonderful thing and we thank her very much from the bottom of our heart."

"I hope people in our community do the same thing I do," said Ochs. "Whether it's another sports or softball, I hope it continues."

Ochs has one more season left with the Lady Vikings before she plans to go on and play college softball at the University of South Carolina.