It was a huge step in the recovery of 18-year old Kristene Chapa Tuesday night, who managed to survive last year's double shooting in a Portland city park.
Chapa has gone through more than her share of trauma and heartbreak over the last eight months. Her girlfriend, 19-year old Mollie Olgin, was killed that night, and Chapa was severely wounded by a gunshot to the head.
But on Tuesday night, the Sinton High School softball team, a team that Chapa used to play for, invited her to throw out the first pitch for their first game of the year.
It was a moment she had been waiting for.
"A while back, I never thought I'd be able to do it," Chapa said. "In the hospital, not able to walk, I didn't think I'd be here."
After spending the past eight months recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, Chapa was back on the pitcher's mound. The Sinton Lady Pirates were taking on the Calallen Tigers, and the idea to have Chapa throw the first pitch came from her former coach, Leslie Balerio.
"I think everybody is surprised and inspired about her recovery," Balerio said.
Last summer, Chapa was told she may never walk again, but she is back on her feet and making progress everyday.
"Just to be back on the mound, feeling, seeing my parents, looking at them like I used to, that everything is okay and they're with me," Chapa said.
"I'm extremely happy she's able to be here and do this thing," said Hilario Chapa, Kristene's father. "I cannot say enough about it."
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