Baseball

Raleigh Little Leaguers show big-league compassion

Posted August 27, 2013

— The spirit of compassion overcame competition for a Raleigh Little League team, moving players and parents to support a Laurinburg boy dealing with something much bigger than the game.

Creed Sellers, 9, lives for baseball. “Honestly, I have no desire past baseball," he said.

But, after a December diagnosis of lymphoma, it was a desire put on hold. Creed's only chance to be around the game this summer came at a tournament in July where he threw out the first pitch.

"To be able to hold a ball and go out on a baseball field, it makes me happy," Creed said

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When rival players at West Raleigh learned of his struggle, they made a choice that demonstrated sportsmanship at the highest level.

"Somebody who was in the middle of playing a sport they really enjoyed couldn't play anymore,” recalled West Raleigh pitcher Mason Moffett. “I was sad for him."

 "We got to help somebody else and not just ourselves," said Asher Lucas.

West Raleigh decided to play the sport for one who couldn't. They dedicated their season to Creed.

"What Creed was all about, and his story, was very inspirational,” West Raleigh head coach Sean Gallaher said. “I think they picked up on that."

When the team capped off their successful summer by winning the regional championship and naming Creed their MVP, the Sellers family emotions let loose.

"It was amazing,” said Creed's father Gray Sellers. “You don't expect that.

 "I laughed. I cried,” he admitted. “Creed was ecstatic."

"(I am) overwhelmingly proud of them as children,” Creed’s mother Bette said. “That they can understand as children."

The West Raleigh team was so moved by Creed's story, that they took up a collection for the Sellers family. Then they presented the family with a check worth way more than whatever number was written on it.

"I felt great doing it," Moffett said.

"There's no way to describe it,” Gray Sellers said. “Overwhelming."

Kids learn many things on a baseball field: competition, hard work and the value of a team among them. This summer, one group from Raleigh learned what it means to care.

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  • Hokies94 Aug 28, 8:34 p.m.

    All people learn a valuable lesson of about life from watching this one.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Aug 28, 3:24 p.m.

    Bless their hearts BIG!!!
    Prayers going up for the little boy, may God's will be done for him.

  • tayled Aug 28, 2:40 p.m.

    In the day that we live in, with the heroes of the game going down in scandal to steroid use and other things, it's nice to see kids playing for the love of the game and to support one of their own. That's what it's all about folks. The big leaguers could take a lesson here.

  • vrigg45071 Aug 28, 1:39 p.m.

    jcthai, you really have missed the point, now haven't you? The article was about a kids' baseball team that dedicated its season to a sick child. That was what was important. I can almost guarantee you that other than the nitpickers who posted here about what league they were in, it mattered not to anyone else. To the vast majority, a kid playing organized baseball in the summer is Little League and seriously, that's all that was needed. Save your drama.

  • BigUNCFan Aug 28, 1:35 p.m.

    I second the get a life part to the people who are nitpicking about the league the kids played in. Who give a hoot? It is a great story.

  • Scubagirl Aug 28, 1:31 p.m.

    it DOES NOT MATTER WHAT LEAGUE THEY PLAY FOR!!!! THAT is not what this story is about....smh

  • jcthai Aug 28, 11:56 a.m.

    Ok folks, so let's have WRAL report that we are about to bomb Canada. It doesn't matter. Only the heartfelt thumping of bombs going off matters. Jeez, people. If they don't even take the time to figure out which youth baseball organization they play in, what else did they screw up. They got all warm and squishy about this story and didn't bother to figure anything out except the warm and squishy parts. Poor reporting. And typical for WRAL. Rush to get stuff online. Don't bother checking any facts.

  • 879wins Aug 28, 11:39 a.m.

    Er, I believe that West Raleigh is an AAU team, not Little League. And yes, it does make a... View More

    — Posted by jcthai

    Couldn't find anything good to say about the story. Just needed to try to show how smart you... View More

    — Posted by Wheelman

    West Raleigh plays in the Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth organization. "Little League" is not a euphemism... View More

    — Posted by Seahawk93

    get a life.

  • vrigg45071 Aug 28, 11:03 a.m.

    Seriously? So they should have just said the all encompassing "youth league." If the fact that it isn't really "Little League" is all you can think about, you must enjoy picking apart newscasts and newspapers. Find something else to do with your life. What a wonderful story about young Creed's courage and the West Raleigh team. Great job, WRAL!

  • laurinburger1 Aug 28, 10:08 a.m.

    My grandson plays on Creed's team in Laurinburg and Creed and his family are always in our prayers. I was so touched by the compassion shown by these young men and I would like to say that West Raleigh's ballteam and Coaches are a CLASS ACT!! Thank you for what you did for Creed and his family. We look forward to the day he rejoins his team mates on the field and they all can continue what they love to do best. PLAY BALL!

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