Fueled by faith, the Calvary Christian baseball team has dedicated the last 3 post-season runs to former MLB legend and their former assistant coach, Roy Halladay.
Senior pitcher Nolan Hudi said, “First year we had Roy…last year was for Roy. This year it’s for Roy again. It’s always going to be for him.”
Head Coach, Greg Olsen added, “These guys have been through a lot. Through all of that it’s brought them closer.”
Doc’s presence hasn’t left the Warriors since his tragic passing. During the regional semifinals, Braden Halladay threw a perfect 7th inning on what would’ve been his father’s 42nd birthday.
“It was exciting enough to get the win, but for all of that to be added on top of it… that’s just one of those special days where everything goes right. That doesn’t happen a lot for everyone so to be able to sit back and soak all that in was awesome.”
For Braden and the rest of the seniors on the team, Friday’s state semifinal game is personal. The Warriors will be facing a familar foe in Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, a team that denied them back-to-back state titles last season.
Hudi said, “Ask around all the guys…everyone says they’ve never felt more prepared for a game.”
Although Roy didn’t contribute to the game plan this time around you better believe he’ll be watching.
First pitch between Calvary Christian and Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at 7 o’clock on Friday, May 24th.