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Slippery Rock High School Single Goes Viral

Opponents give the graduating team manager a game to remember as he get his first high school hit.


It was a Senior Day to remember for the Slippery Rock High School baseball team.

They were visiting Neshannock High School for the last game of the season on Saturday, and a rain out the day before had forced them to cancel their senior day celebration so the teams decided to have a joint ceremony.

One of the seniors who was honored was team manager Nolan Holtz. According to the New Castle News, Holtz was born in China, and suffers from a debilitating limp due to club feet that were never surgically repaired. He was adopted and moved to the United States when he was 13.

But despite his limp, Slippery Rock manager Fred Pryor gave Holtz a chance to play an inning in right field. Then, at the end of the 2-0 Neshannock win, Holtz got his chance to bat.

Holtz worked a 3-2 count before connecting with a pitch and taking off for first base. It was his first high school hit, and he was mobbed by his teammates!

Neshannock tweeted out the video, where it quickly went viral. As of Tuesday morning, it has nearly 390,000 views and has been retweeted more than 1,900 times.

Pryor thanked the Neshannock coach and team for giving Holtz such a special moment.

"Here is a kid who got to run to first base for the first time in his life," Pryor told the New Castle News. "He had never done it before and will probably never do it again. We were all making that run right with him."

It looks like Holtz, a Straight-A student, will also graduate with a 1.000 batting average!

Videos courtesy @NHS_LANCERS on Twitter.

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