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Texas Tech bat boy gets the opportunity of a lifetime

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Spencer Howell Spencer Howell
Spencer's mom, Kim Howell Spencer's mom, Kim Howell
Barry Orr from First Bank and Trust Barry Orr from First Bank and Trust
Spencer's Little League Coach Jeromy Gowdy Spencer's Little League Coach Jeromy Gowdy

13-year-old Spencer Howell had no idea his dream was about to come true when he recorded a special message to the Texas Tech baseball team.

Howell has been the team's bat boy for the entire season, but thought Omaha was out of reach. He thought the cost would just be too much.

"I'd like to say, I'm proud of all of you for making it to Omaha," Howell said. "I hope to see ya'll soon and Wreck 'em, Tech!"

Moments later Howell was introduced to First Bank and Trust CEO Barry Orr, carrying a very special message.

"Man you got a lot of fans out there and you've done a great job this year for Tech," Orr said. "I spoke to Coach Tadlock last night and he was a little distraught over the fact that they weren't going to have a complete team - so Raider Nation has come together along with First Bank and Trust and you are going to Omaha, buddy."

The only thing Spencer could do was give Orr a hug as he smiled from ear to ear.

"It's amazing," Spencer said. "To go with the team and cheer them on and to help us win a world series, I can't express it, but on the inside I'm just freaking out."

Orr said the plan was first talked about 24 hours ago and by the time of Thursday's surprise they had already received $5,500.

"This fan base for baseball at Texas Tech is like no other," Orr said. "It's come in by the 50s and 100s. Reagor Dykes gave us $500 and the bank is matching donations up to $1,500 so it's been remarkable. It's been one of the most humbling things I've ever done."

Spencer hugged Orr and then immediately hugged his mother. Both of them had tears in their eyes.

"I can't say enough about the Tech team - the players, what great role models and mentors they have been to this young man and how he's matured, it's just been a blessing," said Spencer's mom Kim Howell. "I was driving when I got the call about the plan and I was hoping I wouldn't wreck the car after I started crying and couldn't see through my glasses."

Spencer's Little League Coach Jeromy Gowdy was also at the event Thursday afternoon. He said he was nearly brought to tears.

"Anything you ask him to do, he's on it. One of the fastest kids in our league, can play any position, plays catcher, pitcher, second base, short stop and center field," Gowdy said. "Not only is Spencer a great baseball player but he is a great person. He loves the sport, knows the sport and is proud to be part of the Tech program. It's all he talks about."

Spencer told us the minute he goes home he will start packing for his trip. He hopes he can be the good luck charm that leads the Red Raiders to a College World Series title.

Orr said that if Spencer does not use all the money, the remainder will go to a scholarship fund for the future Red Raider hopeful.

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