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Returning From A Bigger Battle

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Last season while playing for the Vermont Mountaineers, Patrick Wiese was experience excruciating pain in his knee. It turns out the 21 year old had a rare form of bone cancer. The tumor ended his baseball career, but for one night Wiese was back out on the diamond.

Wiese was invited by the Mountaineers to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday night's game against Laconia. Wiese's tumor was removed back in October along with his knee, femur, some tendons and ligaments. You wouldn't know it by the strike he threw on that first pitch. All night, money was raised for The Patrick Wiese Foundation to support research as well as helping cancer patients and their families. What Patrick is doing now is greater than the game of baseball, but he sure felt good being back at Montpelier Recreation Field.

"At first I was going to throw as hard as I could, but I saw everyone in the crowd and I didn't want this ball to go towards them. I toned it down a bit,"  Wiese said.  "It was a pretty neat experience and I'm thankful everyone came out tonight. It just brings me back to last summer. It's one of the best feelings in the world, people coming out to support you so I can't thank everyone enough."

The Mountaineers beat Laconia, 16-9 for their fourth straight win.

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