A local little league team from Penfield is heading to the state tournament after missing their chance at the world’s series last year.
Now they’re back and have a new player on the team who they’re calling their good luck charm.
“For some reason baseball has really brought him out, it gave him a sense of belonging a sense of purpose, it’s all he talks about now, that’s all he wants to do is baseball,” said Daniel Teeter, DJ’s Father.
Teeter says when DJ was born he suffered a series of uterine strokes and several seizures.
That was just the beginning.
DJ developed cataracts and had three eye surgeries in a span of a year. He also was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism.
Teeter says because of baseball his son has been making leaps of improvements.
DJ’s teacher, Steve Pace, who happens to be the head coach for the Penfield Little League Team took note of his passion.
“He’s got the love of the game and I just want to teach him what I know that will help him put a smile on his face,” said Pace.
He asked him if he wanted to be the team’s batboy.
Teeter tells us without hesitation DJ said yes.
Coach Pace didn’t know how big of an impact he would have on the other boys.
“It’s really important to see that he goes through these things with these kids and how he helps those kids out has been unbelievable,” said Pace.
“He’s awesome to have in the dugout, he cheers everyone up and he lets us know not to take anything for granted so we take that with us on the field,” said Peyton.
To this team DJ is much more than a batboy, even more than just a teammate, he’s the missing piece to their baseball family.
“All we ever really wanted for him was the acceptance from other people and do the best he can in everything else and then to see everything like this start happening for him it’s kind of hard to describe,” said Teeter.
When it comes to going to the state tournament coach said it’s a no brainer.
“DJ’s going with us there’s no if ands or buts about it, he’s part of this team, we couldn’t go there without him,” said Pace.
The Penfield Little League Team will be heading to Long Island on Monday for the state tournament, and now that they’ll have their MVP by their side they’ll be ready to take on the next big game.
If you want to support DJ you can find a link to their go fund me by clicking here.