The Eagles ventured to San Diego to play in the San Diego Lions Tournament. The Eagles played in the 6A division, which is two divisions above what we currently play. It was an amazing experience and showed that Valor can play with any team in the country. The Eagles went 2-2 on the trip, but the experience would go far beyond the baseball field.
As a Christian school, we have the opportunity to pray, do small groups, and speak life into each and every one of our players and we did exactly that. The incredible blessing that we saw by spending time with our players has truly made the brotherhood what it is right now. Guys are learning that baseball is more than just a game. It can teach you so much and it can create friendships that will last forever.
The best moment of the week came at the end of our tournament. The Eagles just got done defeating a really good Rocklin (CA) team 3-2. As we always do, the Eagles prayed around the mound with the Rocklin team. Afterward, the Rocklin third basemen, Cole Anderson, came up to head coach Brian Bonn and asked if he could get some additional prayer. He told us that while they were driving down to San Diego he had received a phone call from his parents and found out that his two best friends were killed in a car accident. It was heart breaking to hear, but without question our team surrounded Cole and laid hands on him. He prayed that Jesus would start immediate healing, and that Jesus would allow Cole to know that his friends are in heaven and are resting in peace in a place that we all desire to be someday.
We are so encouraged that we are more than just a baseball team. We are truly preparing tomorrow’s leaders to transform the world for Christ.
The Eagles are back in action Wednesday against Erie at 4pm. After that game, the league tournament begins with a state championship rematch on Monday, Valor vs. Evergreen.