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

Youth team's gesture goes beyond ballgame Mitchell: Youth team's gesture goes beyond ballgame .

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.

22 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • 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... 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!

More...

 

 

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Today at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tonight at 8:25 on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA at Kentucky

    Today at 3:15 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Today at 4:25 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Canes vs. NY Rangers

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: NC State at West Virginia

    Tonight at 9:30 on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
1:00pm Today
UNC
OSU
 
4:00pm Today
MVSU
NCCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNCW
ECU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
NYR
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
UTA
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
 
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
Final
SAN 119
POR 129
Final
DEN 109
LAC 106
Final
LAL 103
OKC 104
1:00pm Today
NYK
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
NOP
POR
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
ATL
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
SAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
IND
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
MIL
 
11:00am Today
LALAF
NEV
2:20pm Today
UTEP
UTST
3:30pm Today
COLST
UTAH
5:45pm Tonight
AFA
WMICH
9:15pm Tonight
BGU
SALABAMA
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
Final
TTU 72
ARKPB 51
 
Final
DEN 84
COLST 85
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
Final
CAL 78
EWASH 67
Final
UTST 69
IDST 56
 
Final
UTEP 55
ARZ 60
Final
CHAM 63
HAW 94
 
12:00pm Today
GEOR
CHAR
 
12:00pm Today
WKENT
LOU
 
12:00pm Today
MICH
SMU
 
12:00pm Today
CIN
VCU
 
1:00pm Today
BSU
ABCHRIST
 
1:00pm Today
PROV
UMASS
 
1:00pm Today
AMER
MNTER
 
1:00pm Today
UNC
OSU
 
1:00pm Today
IUPUI
SALA
 
1:00pm Today
VILL
SYR
 
1:00pm Today
VT
CITA
 
1:00pm Today
DUQ
MLOWELL
 
1:30pm Today
FAIR
BEL
 
2:00pm Today
YALE
GTDNS
 
2:00pm Today
FD
DEL
 
2:00pm Today
PSU
DREX
 
2:00pm Today
UNCG
ELON
 
2:00pm Today
ILL
MIZZ
 
2:00pm Today
CAMP
MONT
 
2:00pm Today
LONG
PSUBEAVER
 
2:00pm Today
HOU
SCST
 
2:00pm Today
FSU
SFLA
 
2:00pm Today
BING
BONA
 
2:00pm Today
RUTG
RFLSH
 
2:00pm Today
MCNST
TOL
 
2:00pm Today
JVU
TRUETT
 
2:00pm Today
GT
VANDY
 
2:05pm Today
INDST
EILL
 
2:30pm Today
BUT
IND
 
3:00pm Today
STEPH
ARTCH
 
3:00pm Today
OREG
DELST
 
3:00pm Today
Terriers
FATL
 
3:00pm Today
TXARL
HPYN
 
3:00pm Today
KU
LAF
 
3:00pm Today
ARKST
MARS
 
3:00pm Today
MEM
ORU
 
3:00pm Today
KNST
UMBC
 
3:00pm Today
NW
WMICH
 
3:05pm Today
MIZST
EMICH
 
3:05pm Today
CHIST
STJOE
 
3:30pm Today
KENT
UCLA
 
4:00pm Today
COC
DAVID
 
4:00pm Today
RIU
DET
 
4:00pm Today
UCR
HOUB
 
4:00pm Today
MURST
ILLST
 
4:00pm Today
NWST
LALAF
 
4:00pm Today
WAGN
MON
 
4:00pm Today
MVSU
NCCU
 
4:00pm Today
PITT
OU
 
4:00pm Today
TENNM
PBY
 
4:00pm Today
WYO
SOUTH
 
4:00pm Today
AFA
UCD
 
4:00pm Today
MSST
USCU
 
5:00pm Tonight
JMU
HIGH
 
5:00pm Tonight
TXST
HTILL
 
5:00pm Tonight
DRAK
ISU
 
5:00pm Tonight
SHU
UNH
 
5:00pm Tonight
SCU
NE
 
5:00pm Tonight
MSU
TXSOU
 
5:00pm Tonight
UF
WAKE
 
5:15pm Tonight
ND
PURD
 
5:30pm Tonight
SHSU
PVU
 
6:00pm Tonight
AUB
XAV
 
7:00pm Tonight
AKR
BLUFFTON
 
7:00pm Tonight
DAY
BU
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNCW
ECU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLMB
HOF
 
7:00pm Tonight
GMAS
IONA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOWS
LAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAN
MRGST
 
7:00pm Tonight
CCST
YALE
 
7:00pm Tonight
PEPP
RICH
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAR
STJOE
 
7:00pm Tonight
KYST
TEXAM
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAST
VALPO
 
7:05pm Tonight
UMKC
INCWORD
 
7:30pm Tonight
IDST
CALST
 
7:30pm Tonight
NIOWA
IOWA
 
7:30pm Tonight
SIUE
UWMIL
 
8:00pm Tonight
TEX
LBSU
 
8:00pm Tonight
TCU
TXSA
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARK
SEMIZ
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
JVST
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARST
LEH
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
NMU
 
9:00pm Tonight
WASH
OKLA
 
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
STED
 
9:00pm Tonight
WEBER
WLVRN
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
 
10:00pm Tonight
SDST
BST
 
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
CPSL
 
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
FRES
 
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
MNTST
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSNO
TAMCC
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
SDKST
 
11:00pm Tonight
BYU
STAN
 
11:30pm Tonight
UNLV
UTAH
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
Final
CAL 1
DAL 2
4:00pm Today
LOS
ARI
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
COL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
FLA
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
NYR
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
OTT
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
PHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
TAM
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
WAS
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
NAS
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
CAL
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
STL
 
4:30pm Today
WAS
PHI
8:25pm Tonight
SFX
SDC