Izzy Hernandez of Cabrillo has found a unique and inspiring vision for his senior project: Bring a Leukemia awareness game to Vandenberg Village.
He and the Conquistadores will do just that on Tuesday at home against Nipomo, as Cabrillo will sport orange and bear the name “Team Noah” to honor Lompoc resident Noah Scott, who is currently battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL. Scott , whose father Charles Scott is a Lompoc Police officer, has been undergoing chemotherapy for the cancerous disease.
Orange is the color of Leukemia awareness, and the pitcher/infielder Hernandez has spent the past week at CHS spreading awareness about the upcoming Los Padres League battle that plans to honor the teenager.
“Right now, we’re painting signs and we’re waiting for our jerseys to come in. We’re going to put the hash tag #TeamNoah on the back,” Hernandez said.
Creating a cancer awareness game has been something that crossed Hernandez’s mind from the moment it came time to figure out a senior project.
“I knew I can do this through a baseball situation,” Hernandez said. “I approached Cole (Osborne) and he told me you should do a game. We’re going to do a game and the money we raise will help the family.”
Osborne, an assistant on the varsity baseball staff under his father Jon, has known the Scott family for several years – and considers them to be one of his closest friends. Osborne is serving as Hernandez’s mentor for the project.
“He (Noah) is a good kid. He’s battling, so he’s not in school very much. But they’re very good baseball fans,” Osborne said. “It’s been difficult for him and his family. So we’re looking to raise money for his family.”
Scott isn’t just an avid baseball fan, but he also plays the game through the Lompoc Babe Ruth league. One of his backers is former Cabrillo star and current Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, who sent Scott a World Baseball Classic hat that was autographed by him and WBC Team USA teammates Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford.
It’s not the first time CHS baseball has done a game when it honored a cancer survivor or someone bravely fighting off the disease. CHS hosted a breast cancer awareness game a couple of years ago and also honored the late athletic director Bob Boyer through an awareness game.
News of Scott’s health hit home for Hernandez, who says he’s lost close friends to the life-threatening ailment.
“In the past couple of years, I’ve had friends who died from Leukemia. My friend Miguel Castro died from it. So I was thinking about that. I love supporting people who are fighting cancer,” Hernandez said.
The contest is scheduled for 4 p.m., and Scott is expected to be in attendance plus potentially throw out the first pitch. Osborne is hoping the Lompoc community can come out and support Scott.
“We’ll be in orange jerseys – and it should be fun,” Osborne said.