Berrendo students throw out first pitch at Isotopes opener

Posted at: 04/11/2014 10:25 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Opening night at Isotopes Park is always entertaining. Friday night, though, two vistors stole the show.

Nathaniel Tavarez and Kendal Sanders, both wounded in the Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell, threw out the first pitch.

Few players suit up on the Isotopes diamond before they turn fifteen.

"I'm really excited but I'm scared," Nathaniel Tavarez said.

Even fewer take their tips from a baseball legend like Tommy Lasorda.

"He can throw all right. I'm not worried about his throwing, I just don't want him to throw it out in the stadium," Lasorda said.

But these kids have overcome more than most people do by their age.

"We're just blessed to have so many people that are standing behind us until this day, it's really nice to have so much support from every body," Ashley Tavarez said.

They've beat odds, stayed smiling and stuck together. Friday, though, was about the joy of baseball.

"I was really excited," Kendal Sanders.

"I'm gonna do great but I'm really nervous to go in front of everybody," Nathaniel Tavarez said.

Friday, it was what happened before the game that reminded all of the joy simply throwing a baseball can bring

"We threw the best pitches ever," Tavarez told Sanders.