The BHS Baseball team hosts Buddy Baseball event.

The BHS Baseball team hosts Buddy Baseball event.
Posted on 11/13/2017
Buddy Baseball

The Bixby High School Baseball team hosted its third Buddy Baseball event on Sunday, November 5th.  With its start in 2015, Buddy Baseball has quickly become a much anticipated annual event.  Buddy Baseball provides an opportunity for Bixby students with special needs to participate in a non-competitive, recreational game of baseball.  Michelle Taylor’s son, Logan, signed up for this year’s event.  She says, “My family has waited 11 years for my son to get to play a sport.  Buddy Baseball not only lets him play, but his sisters get to see him participate in an athletic activity.  Watching them cheer for their brother is just as exciting as watching my son get to play baseball for the first time."   Before Logan went to bed that night, he kissed his Buddy Baseball trophy and put it proudly on his bedroom shelf. 

All participants are assigned to a Bixby High School Baseball Buddy player who coach and play alongside them.   Not only do the players get to experience the thrill of participating on a team, the baseball buddies learn more about individuals with special needs.  Special Ed teacher from North Intermediate, Melissa Lytle, reflects her love for Buddy Baseball, “I love watching the high school players interact with their buddies.  From helping them with their batting stance, to holding their hands while they run, to cheering them on…I love it all!   I see my students light up with the special attention from the high school boys.  My students are already talking about next year's game.  It is truly a highlight of their entire year.”

 One of Miss Lytle’s students, Natalie Haney, celebrated her birthday on game day.  She insisted on bringing her new birthday present, an American Girl doll, to the Buddy Baseball game.  Her buddies, Stevie Owens and Trip Brown, happily carried Natalie’s doll around the bases during the game (the doll even had a special spot on the dugout bench.)

A crowd favorite was Anthony Beckner, a student from Bixby Middle School, who stepped up to bat, called his shot like he was Babe Ruth, then swung for the fences…HOMERUN!!  When he crossed the plate, the fans went wild.  Head Baseball coach, Glen Sullivan, sums it up perfectly, “What a pleasure to watch the smiles of the kids competing in the game. It's a special event for all involved in the baseball program. Buddy Baseball is by far our biggest and most important game of the year!”

At the conclusion of the game, the players and their buddies, along with the high school baseball coaches, cheerleaders, and dance team, met on the field and together sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” 

Trophies kissed.  Birthdays celebrated.  Homeruns scored.  Memories Made.  PLAY BALL!

Story Credit: Tamara Crull, Bixby Middle School
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