Youth baseball team learning life lessons beyond baseball


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – (WEHT) Baseball practice usually teaches things like batting, catching, and running the bases, but one local team is learning a lot more than just baseball.

The Southern Indiana Spikes 14U team coached by Henry Cruz is headed to Puerto Rico next week for a trip of a lifetime. The team will play baseball games, teach local kids in a baseball clinic, visit a local hospital, and even have a chance to help with hurricane recovery efforts.

“Baseball is just a little piece, but life is bigger than that,” said Cruz. “That’s what being a coach is really all about, to teach these kids to give back and show them that life is bigger than wins and losses.”

The team has given back in other ways lately as well. Last week, the team supported a player’s mother who is battling cancer, donating their medals to her.

“I’m so proud of them, they are all learning lessons that they will take with them for the rest of their life,” said Cruz.

The team will leave for Puerto Rico on Tuesday and will be there for about a week.

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(This story was originally published on July 19, 2019)

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