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Edgeview High School baseball team has some talent with Todd Bannister, a senior that has been looked at by every college and major league scout for his 90mph fastball. Paulie is Todd's best friend, although he is not very good at baseball he knows alot about it and its major league players. When the season got started Todd got drilled in the face off a line drive while he was pitching, this changed his life dramaticlly.Todd was in the hospital for days and lost one eye.
After he got back in school no one looked at him the same.Before he was the best in the school, the one everyone looked up at to take them to the top, and he held his head high and acted as if he owned the school. Now he avoided people, did not want to be at school, and did not look even close to someone who could be happy. He also was not the same on the feild, he would not throw his high heat fastball anymore, he thought he did not have it, he did not believe he did.
Paulie still had not gave up on Todd, he knew Todd could still throw heat, he just wouldn't. Paulie tried helping Todd by catching for him everynight in the park trying to get him to throw like he use to. Although Todd was not throwing as good the team still had some talent and had a good record that got them into a big game in the playoffs.
The game looked good for them up 5-1 when their pitcher got thrown out of the game arguing with the umpire. They had noone that could pitch left except Todd so he was put in. He gave up 3 runs right away and had runners on first and third with the best clean up hitter at the plate. Todd couldn't do it, he called Paulie to the mound who was playing second. He wanted him to pitch, Paulie could not believe it, he had never pitched before. Finaly coach came out and Todd told him he wanted Paulie to pitch, he could do it. Coach said ok so Paulie toke the mound. He got a ground ball to end the game and get the victory.Everyone ran in the dugout celebrating and cheering with fans except Todd, he stayed in the feild. Paulie watched as Todd stood alone in the feild on the mond. The sun beat down on him as he looked out across the plate only to turn and walk off for the last time.
Article posted May 22, 2010 at 01:42 PM •
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