In a wonderful display of sportsmanship on Senior Night, two Texas district baseball rivals created a moment Mesquite (Texas) Poteet senior manager Christian Alfaro will never forget.
A three-year manager for the team, Alfaro, who has been paralyzed since birth and requires a wheelchair, entered the game as a pinch runner in the first inning against rival Terrell and scored all the way from first base, according to WFAA-TV. Poteet went on to win, 9-1.
“I wanted him to experience what it’s like to go around the bags and score,” Poteet head coach Jeff Johnson, whose team advanced to Class 5A postseason play, told CBS News. “To give him the moment that he’s wanted and he’s deserved.”
Johnson and Terrell head coach Ed Padalecki agreed to the plan prior to the game, per WFAA-TV, and both sides executed it perfectly. Terrell pitcher Jordan Powell overthrew the first baseman, and the entire Terrell team saw to it that Alfaro found his way home, where his Poteet teammates mobbed him at the plate. Terrell’s players even cheered the run scored.
“They’re fun to win with,” Alfaro told WFAA-TV of his teammates. “I was so happy.”
The game marked the regular-season finale for both teams. Terrell (9-16) had already been eliminated from postseason contention. Alfaro and Poteet await their first-round opponent.
Thankfully, Terrell Daily Photo captured the entire scene on video, sharing in to Facebook.