Scherry continued support despite early shutdownAugust 9, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Fans roared when their Dubois County Bombers dog piled after winning their third Ohio Valley League Championship on Saturday, as the players all had a mad dash to celebrate onto League Stadium’s field.
One of those players who stormed out of the dugout was Simon Scherry, adorning his No. 2 uniform, but Scherry had red shorts on instead of his complete baseball attire.
The Heritage Hills graduate and University of Evansville product had been part of the team all summer, but he shut it down during the course of the season.
“I dove for a ball at the end of June, and then got hurt then — and just wanted to shut it down so I was healthy for fall,” Scherry said.
It was tough for him, playing with his Bomber teammates, developing a closeness with them, only for that to happen.
He couldn’t contribute his bat or his glove, but he did offer support to those he shared the dugout with.
“These guys have all worked really hard to be here anyways,” he said. “So, for me to get hurt and then still be able to come back and support and watch the all the guys play — I just had fun.”
Scherry shared the memories of growing up in this area, telling of his grandma, Viola, who had season tickets to Bombers games — and Simon went to the games with her.
So, it meant a lot when he was able to become a Bomber this year, after he grew up looking up to those who wore the uniform.
“All the Bombers were always so nice — just signing autographs, giving bats,” Simon said. “I always came to the camp, loved the camp. Obviously, you look up to them, but have them treat you like a normal person and just be one of them is pretty cool.”
He batted .288 with the Purple Aces this year, with two home runs, 35 driven in and 36 runs scored. The UE baseball team finished at 28-27 on the 2021 campaign. Simon felt like he was trying to do too much early on as a freshman, but then he learned to be himself along the way.
While on the Bombers this summer, he played with his soon-to-be teammate with the Purple Aces in Southridge graduate Chase Taylor, and Simon also played with another UE product in Adam Euler as part of the 2021 OVL Champions.
“To be able to grow that relationship with Adam was big,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to spend the next couple years together. So, to be able to spend a summer with him where it’s just me, him and all these guys — it’s just a great experience.”
Simon’s goals now are to get healthy in the wake of being shut down, get stronger and keep progressing. He’ll start throwing soon, so recovery shouldn’t be too far off.
And when he gets back to it, he’ll incorporate what he’s learned.
“Baseball’s fun,” Simon said. “That took me a while to realize, but just playing the game, it’s obviously not going to go as you want it to every time. It’s a game of failure — so just having fun with it every day and then just living with what happens.”
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