Seniors on Frenship High School's baseball and softball teams got their turn to graduate after missing the ceremony last Friday for games in Abilene.
"It was sad not getting to graduate with the kids I see every day," said softball pitcher Rubi Moreno, "But it was very special and an honor to graduate with the softball team and with the baseball team... It's exciting that we got to graduate with our family pretty much."
A total of 18 student athletes, 12 from the baseball team and 6 from the softball team, were at the ceremony, walking across the stage of the auditorium and listening to speeches given by coaches and representatives from the school.
"Coach Reynolds pulled us seniors off the bus after that game against Randall and of course he asked us what we wanted to do," said senior baseball pitcher Aaron Rumfield, "Our answer was we'd rather be playing baseball. That's what all of us love to do so we weren't too disappointed."
Rumfield says the teammates he graduated with are like his brothers, growing up together playing baseball, hanging out together and then walking across the stage together. But he said the person he will miss the most is his coach.
"Just being around him all season long and now that it's over... His little speeches, he always used to say ‘Hay is in the barn, boys.' I'm going to miss that man so much," Rumfield said.
A large audience turned out to the event - an estimate of perhaps over 100 people.
Head Baseball Coach Chad Reynolds told the crowd just how proud he was of his graduating seniors.
"It's a goal every season to be playing in the summer and play past graduation... It just happened this year out, graduation fell on a Friday...when we were playing," he said.
"We try to use those life lessons on the field because at some point your playing career ends. We want them to take those life lessons that they learned out on the field and hopefully use them out in life because that's where it's really important," the coach said.
As the baseball players walked across the stage, nobody could miss the mullets flowing out of their caps. The entire team grew them during the course of the post season as a sign of togetherness. Coach Reynolds said it took a lot of courage.
"They showed a little unity there, because to walk down the halls with a mullet, that says something right there. We had some guys that were throwbacks, we had some good ones," he said.
As for the two athletes, Rubi Moreno says she will be attending Texas State in the fall to study Biomedical science. Aaron Rumfield will be going to Midland Junior college to play baseball for a couple of years. After that he says he will see where life takes him.
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