VAN — To hear baseball players from Van High School describe the tornado that ripped through their town is a chilling experience.
“We ducked down, we held on to each other, and then the house started to shake,” Van team manager Clayton Sanders says.
Sanders and his mother were in their house, as the tornado came right over top of them.
“We hear stuff hitting the house, the windows busted open,” Sanders says.
“And then, it was just over. It was gone. Dead silent.”
Now, in the days after the tornado struck on Sunday night, the players, coaches, managers, and families that comprise the Van baseball program are rallying together, and playing on.
In fact, they’re in the playoffs.
“We’ve tried to use baseball for us as a distraction away from it,” head coach Jerami Hawkins says.
Prior to their game against North Lamar on Thursday night, the coaches and administrators from North Lamar presented the Van coaches with a check for more than $4500 — money they’d raised throughout the school district in the past week — to help support Van in their rebuilding process.
“We really appreciate it,” Van’s chief financial officer, Danny Morrow said. “We will rebuild. We will be better. We’ll be stronger. And again, I thank y’all for what you’ve done.”
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) May 14, 2015