“#18”

Yesterday, in the final regular season baseball game of his life and during a week that brought great tumult, sadness, and grief to his classmates and his school, Caleb Watkins pitched a 5-0, complete-game shutout for River Valley at Centerburg.

No matter what the situation, Caleb has always done what was asked of him. To Caleb, the team always come first. When congratulated on his shutout yesterday, he said in typical Caleb fashion: “It wasn’t just me.”

When the Class of 2014 started playing t-ball earlier this century (in 2001 and 2002), dozens of young men came out to play. By the 2014 season, there were seven Viking baseball seniors — and Caleb was one of the them. His life and baseball career are tributes to persistence, overcoming adversity, and doing what he loves — playing baseball.

Caleb will be attending the University of Akron this fall to major in nursing. No doubt he will take the same approach to his career field that he has to pitching: good mechanics, superb preparation, using his God-given ability, putting the team first, and doing what his employer asks of him.

Congratulations, #18!

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