We had the “Awesomeist” Saturday possible this past Saturday! The K Cancer Baseball awareness travel baseball team had it’s first tournament this Saturday at Roy Gayle baseball fields in Rockford. Everything was absolutely perfect.
The weather was incredible. It was a warm sunny day that showed off how nice the diamonds were at Roy Gayle. Whoever is taking care of the grounds there is doing an awesome job! The fields are in the best shape they have ever been in.
Our first game was at 8:00 am and the team started things off right. The guys jumped out to an early lead and never let up. We started the 3 game round robin tournament with a win.
We had a special treat before the second game started. Samantha Roberson and her family showed up. Samantha is an eleven year old girl who is striking out her bone and muscle cancer. She has gone through a lot in the last year and has come out of it with a smile on her face. She lights things up everywhere she goes. Samantha called the coin toss for us and she got it right! Each of the guys had Samantha touch their bat for good luck. It must have worked, the team won 22-1!
After the game we had a potluck lunch. Senator Syverson stopped by to present the guys with State Certificates from their trip to Springfield recently. He hung out with the guys for a little while, and was able to meet Samantha and her family. He was kind enough to take a picture with the team before he had to jet off to a community function. Senator Syverson has been a huge help to us in getting the word out about the services available to area families who are battling childhood cancer.
For our third and final game, the energy arrived! Six year old Tyler Levine and his family came out to hang out with his K Cancer Baseball friends. He called the coin toss for us. Like Samantha, he picked right and we got to be the home team. He then threw out the first pitch, not a bad arm for a little fella going through Chemo! He stayed in the dugout throughout the game and entertained us as we wrapped up the last game with a win.
It was an awesome day with some baseball and some awesome friends. What a way to start the baseball season!