There was only one team on the field last week at Tri High School.
Unified in their purpose April 18, the Tri and Eastern Hancock varsity baseball teams and communities joined together in support of Brantley Taber, a 4-year-old stricken by cancer.
Taber, of Spiceland, was diagnosed with Sarcoma in March 2016 and underwent rounds of chemotherapy to treat the disease.
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He recently went on a Make-A-Wish Foundation Disney cruise with his family; however, upon his return, a routine scan revealed his cancer had spread to his lungs, hip and pelvis.
With additional chemotherapy ahead for Brantley, the teams and fans wanted to ease his heartbreaking battle with a special “B’s Battle: Stronger Than Sarcoma” game.
In celebration of Brantley’s bravery, the youth was invited to throw out the game’s first pitch and run the bases before host Tri played Eastern Hancock.
Fans wore black and yellow to support of Brantley, who was joined by his parents Kira and Bobby Rayburn during the event. Kira is a graduate of Knightstown High School. Bobby attended Tri High School.
Along with being included in the pregame festivities, Brantley was presented with a donated autographed Louisville Slugger bat and batting helmet with signatures of both teams’ players.