The Albuquerque Isotopes announced today that the victims of January's middle school shootings in Roswell, NM will throw out the ceremonial first pitches prior to the Isotopes' Home Opener next Friday, April 11. The Isotopes will play host to the Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05 pm to launch the home portion of their 2014 schedule.
Kendal Sanders, 13, and Nathaniel Tavarez, 12, were both seriously wounded when a fellow student opened fire at Berrendo Middle School on January 14. Kendal and Nathaniel are now at their homes recovering from their injuries and are hopeful to return to school in the fall.
"Every Home Opener is special, but having Kendal and Nathaniel here will be especially moving for our fans," said Isotopes General Manager John Traub. "We are thrilled that their recoveries are coming along and that we can be a small part of their healing process."
Kendal and Nathaniel will be greeted on the field by Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, both of whom will be in attendance as part of the Opening Night ceremonies. Lasorda, who is in his 65th season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is scheduled to attend his sixth consecutive Isotopes' Home Opener and will address the fans pre-game.