CWS Field Dasher Speaks Out

It's one of the most viewed pictures of the College World Series and now that on-field dash is gaining national attention.

Photo Courtesies included, Craig Welling of Denver, Colorado and MInda Haas of Omaha.

Candice Sortino, a 17-year-old soon-to-be senior at a local Omaha high school, decided to jump the fence at T.D. Ameritrade Park and run onto the field Monday night.

"Yeah, Section 219; yeah that's me right there,” Sortino said.

There's a saying that goes something like, well-behaved women rarely make history and on Monday night during the College World Series, Candice Sortino took that to heart.

Reporter asked, "Why?" "I don't know because there is so many people watching and it's against the rules and then you get tackled, too,” Sortino said.

What makes Sortino's desperate dash newsworthy -- besides being one of the first people to be ticketed for trespassing during a CWS game and to be facing jail time for the 7th inning stunt -- is because of an on-field decision to target two players.

”I started running the other way, that's when I touched the butts of the players,” Sortino said. Alcohol not being a factor, Sortino said she was caught up in the moment. Reporter asked, "Did you want national face-time, did you want the cameras to be on you? What did you want?" "I didn't even think about that actually, I didn't realize it would such a big deal,” Sortino said.

Now, national blogs and news sites have picked up her photos and story. "This is the one that I told him one second, I got to do something,” Sortino said. In that moment, Sortino decided to “tag” a second player.

Sortino’s view from her room looks straight into the field where she's barred and banned from for a year. “It was a bad decision, it was fun but I shouldn't have done it, I know it was wrong," Sortino said.

Anna Sortino is Candice’s mother. At first, Mrs. Sortino said she was angry, in fact, still is. Her oldest son is currently attending the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and her second daughter, older than Candice was a National Merit Scholar. Anna Sortino said she’s not worried Candice is headed down a life of crime.

"I’m not endorsing it, but OK, I have to accept it. It happened, it's life, she's a teenager, let's hope that's the worst she does and I’ll be a happy mom,” Mrs. Sortino said.

Candice Sortino is barred and banned from all MECA buildings including the Century Link Center, T.D. Ameritrade Park and the Civic Auditorium.

There were 5 others who were also ticketed with criminal trespass. Sortino is due in court July 30th where she faces criminal charges.


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