The cancer fight from Barton Community College baseball player Skylar Hill continues, as does the support from various sources from around the country.
The latest show of support comes from the Kansas City Royals baseball organization.
Giving the young man from Little River hope and something to look forward to through weeks of chemotherapy, the Royals will be hosting Hill for Saturday’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium.
“Mitch (Webster) is a good friend of mine and former coach at Barton,” Barton head baseball coach Mike Warren said. “Once he heard about Skylar, he has reached out to him wanting to do what he can for Skylar.”
Webster, a Larned native and a retired major league baseball player after 13 seasons, is now the Midwest Regional Scouting Supervisor for the Royals. Wanting to do something for Hill, Webster spoke with Royals General Manager Dayton Moore.
A Wichita native and former player for Garden City CC, Moore played against Warren’s Cougars in the 1986 and 1987 seasons. Immediately starting a plan in motion, Moore spoke to his secretary to contact Warren and Hill.
“Within moments of Mitch talking to Dayton, Dayton’s secretary, Emily Penning, contacted us to set something up,” Warren said.
Ahead for Hill, Warren and Hill’s close friends and supporters, Jason and Shelly Schafer, is a VIP trip to see the Royals play the Angels. Arriving in Kansas City on Friday, the group will get to tour the Royals Hall of Fame, Clubhouse, batting practice, and have BATS Crown Club seats behind home plate for Saturday’s game.
Diagnosed with cancer in mid-April, Hill has undergone two weeks of chemotherapy with two remaining. A two-year starting pitcher for the Cougars, Hill pitched his last game for Barton on April 6 at Metropolitan Community College-Longview. Hill will continue his academic and hopeful athletic career next fall at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., as the Lions will honor Hill’s baseball scholarship signed last fall.
“Even with a positive prognosis, the process of undergoing chemo is taking a toll on him,” Warren said of Hill. “He’s a tough kid who will no doubt defeat cancer. Having Mitch, Dayton, and the Kansas City Royals do this for him is pretty special.
“It gives him hope, something to look forward to after days of treatment, and has given him a network of people that has either gone through treatments or simply there to give him support.”
For additonal information about Hill, please contact Warren at (620) 792-9373 or Darnell Holopirek (620) 792-9367. An online donation form can be found at www.BartonSports.com