TYLER, Texas (KETK) - With pink ribbons on their hats, and heavy hearts in their chests, the Chapel Hill baseball team, got a 10-5 victory over Bullard, Friday evening, as pitcher James Adams, supported his boys from the dugout, after losing his mother, Kandi, to breast cancer, early that morning.
"We always joke around about how, she's another mother to them, and I mean, this win today, it meant a lot," said Adams, surrounded by his teammates.
"Been going through a lot of things all season with it, but today was finally the day, that she got called home, and our community really came together," said head coach Paul Bucher.
If you take a look inside the Chapel Hill dugout, you'll see inspirational words scattered on the wall, about competing, and staying focused, but one stands out, one, says 'Playing for Kandi Adams'.
"It's been a constant reminder for us, and what we're playing for, and that this game, is bigger than just a game," said Bucher.
Which is why, on the hardest day in James' young life, he wanted to be standing alongside his boys.
"I know she's watching from Heaven right now, screaming and yelling, it was for her today," said Adams.
"This is right where he belongs. If you were to ask his mom, this is right where he belongs, and no doubt, no doubt, in my mind that she's looking over us," said Bucher.
Kandi's battle against cancer may have ended early Friday morning, but she's still very much part of this team, motivating a group of young men, far beyond the baseball diamond.
"We come together as one, because we don't quit fighting until she quits fighting, and she never did, so we won't," said Adams.
The school plans to officially, dedicate one of the upcoming home games to Kandi Adams' memory.