First grader, Allie Yackel, threw the first pitch at the Elmira Express Varsity Baseball teams last home game of the season.
Allie suffered a stroke after a brain stem bleeds in February. The baseball team was touched by Allie’s story and left a note to invite her to throw the first pitch. After two months in the hospital, Allie was able to throw her first pitch at the Ernie Davis Academy baseball field. When Allie first found out, she began bean bag tosses in physical therapy to strengthen her pitching arm!
During the spring season, each player has worn a wrist band that reads @AllieStrong to remind them of their purpose.
A photo of Allie traveled with them from dugout to dugout as inspiration to keep them motivated throughout the season.
Although the team did not come out with a win they say the a story keeps the game in perspective and this is a special bond bigger than the game of baseball.