LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - With a full band to entertain fans as they entered the new stadium and greeters at every turn, the Lexington County Blowfish rolled out the red carpet for fans as they opened their new stadium.
Over 2,500 fans made their way to Ball Park Road and wrapped around Lexington County Baseball Stadium to see their new baseball team come away with a 6-2 win over the Gastonia Grizzlies. Among them was one 16-year-old who some say probably wasn't supposed to be there after everything he's been through.
Lexington sophomore Nathaniel Fournel was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2012. After his diagnosis, he went through four rounds of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation to become healthy again.
Two years ago, Fournel was medically cleared. He threw out the final first pitch before the Blowfish took the field.
"It's pretty crazy," Fournel said after tossing a strike from the mound. "It's been pretty amazing, I would have to say."
That special moment was one that Fournel was able to share with all of the fans within the stadium. However, some fans were able to make that moment part of something special for themselves.
Take Erin Parker. Along with her sister, Parker was able to take in the game and create a special memory of her own.
"I've never been to a Blowfish game," Parker said. "This is my very first one. The atmosphere is nice. The stadium is nice. The food is good. The game is interesting."
The Blowfish faithful cheered and jeered through nine innings. It's something that Lexington County residents are looking forward to making a tradition at old Wildcat Hollow.
"It's definitely going to bring the community together," Beau McLeod said. "It's something fun and people can come out here on a regular basis and spend some time with other people in the town and have a good time."