Decked out in special orange baseball uniforms with “Team Noah” plastered on the back, plus drawing its inspiration in the form of an inspiring teenager fighting off leukemia, Cabrillo knocked off Nipomo 6-1 in a Los padres League game on Wednesday in Vandenberg Village.
The Conquistadores (12-13, 9-7 in the LPL) drew their inspiration beforehand from Noah Scott — a Vandenberg Village Babe Ruth baseball player currently battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Scott, who plays for the Village Elks, kept a smile on his face the whole time as he interacted with the Conqs before the game and threw out the first pitch.
Scott spent the early part of his week hanging out with the CHS baseball players, as they’ve been at his house and allowed him to sit in the dugout for this league game.
“It’s such an honor. Having the community and team coming together for support, it’s a huge honor,” Scott said, who is currently on a three-and-a-half year chemotherapy plan and is in the first year of those treatment sessions.
After the left-handed Scott threw out the first pitch, members of both the Cabrillo and Nipomo baseball teams were joined by the softball teams of the respective schools for one big team photo.
Things didn’t start off quickly for the Conqs.
In the top of the first inning, Carmelo Hernandez pounded a single that drove J.J. Ramirez home for the first score of the game.
But that would be the last time the Titans (5-15, 4-12 in the LPL) got on the scoreboard, as the orange-clad Conquistadores — who wore the color for leukemia awareness — started to come alive with their at bats.
Matt Gonzalez hammered a chopper to left field that brought Noah Randolph in for the first CHS run and tied it at 1-1. Then in the bottom of the third, with the winds picking up to nearly 20 miles per hour, Izzy Hernandez smashed a double that flew toward right field and saw the ball sail in the air for five seconds. Chris Brady then got Hernandez home with his single toward center field, extending the lead to 3-1.
Tony Hernandez provided the sealing hit with his single that got Joseph Sousa and Graham Richards home, making it 5-1 for CHS. Jessie Navarro helped get the sixth and final score of the game with his single RBI.
Head coach Jon Osborne was not only impressed with the win, but how organized and supportive the Lompoc community has been toward Scott and his family.
“I thought it was a nice plan that Cole (Osborne) and Izzy did to get this thing organized. That was a nice tribute to the young man,” Osborne said. “We have all the things going on in our life and it’s not as big as what he’s battling in his life. He’s a great spirit, he was happy and he was feeling good. We were happy to do it and happy to get that victory.”
Osborne added that the money obtained from the snack bar helped go toward Scott’s family. Plus, the Conqs don’t plan on wearing the orange themed uniforms again this season and are seeking to sell them to the community.
“We won’t wear it for another game. We’re going to sell the jerseys through a fundraiser to help raise money for his family. We’ve had a really good response for it. In fact, we had to order some more jerseys,” Osborne said.
Izzy Hernandez, who pitched a complete game and came after the Titans with mostly fastballs on the mound, said he hopes it’s not the last time he sees Scott hanging out with him and his teammates.
“I hope we see him more and more, so we can play for him,” Hernandez said.