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Baseball team hosts Easter activity

Baseball managers pass out Easter egg buckets.

In what has become a unique PHS baseball tradition, Coach Leroy Mansanales and his players invited the life skills students to join them for an Easter egg hunt on the baseball field.

“We wanted to do something nice for the kids,” Coach Mansanales said. “When I was at Creekview, the head coach (John Herrick) had a brother that was special needs so he started doing this. This is something we have started, and I want it to be an annual event.

Hayden Tillman and Luke Tarby sort the eggs.

“It’s obvious the kids and players all love it,” he continued. “It’s a nice way to show that no matter what’s going on in the world, they can take a step back and be appreciative and willing to give back to others.”

The Princeton players spent their athletic period “hiding” the eggs, passing out baskets and helping during the hunt.

“This is a good activity,” junior center fielder Humberto Cortes said. “We get to do something special for them, and everybody loves to hunt Easter eggs.”

Zech Allen shows off his find.

The players donated candy and eggs, and the coaches provided baskets.

“I like to see the kids having fun, and it’s awesome to see them smile,” said senior left fielder Nate Gonzalez. “It’s fun to watch.”

Douglas Davilla celebrates after his pitch.

This was truly a field of dreams for these students as they spent the morning running across the infield with their baskets. But one of the highlights was getting on the mound to throw a pitch.

Bryanna Barraza, Shale Pierce and Jacob Deming

“I love that they do this for the kids,” life skills teacher Jill Peters said. “I know they really enjoyed hunting eggs and being with the baseball players.”

Life skills student Douglas Davilla could not contain his excitement for the day.

“Guys, it’s eggs,” Douglas yelled when he entered the field. “I’m excited. My basket is blue. Blue is my favorite color. Guys, it’s eggs everywhere.”

Coach Leroy Mansanales and teacher Ryan Gerfers assist Douglas Davilla on the mound.

Life skills student photo IDs:

Bryanna Barraza 

Zech Allen 

Garrett Walton

Chase Blair

Shale Pierce

Antonio Rangel

Julian Ortega 

Jacob Deming

 Trainer Molly Shipwash and player Isaiah Sadler hide eggs.

Baseball players, managers, trainers photo IDs:

Cody Smithwick, player

Nate Gonzalez, player

Luke Tarby, player

Hayden Tillman, player

Isaiah Sadler, player

Molly Shipwash, trainer

Presley Gee, manager

The baseball team invited life skills to join them on the field.