LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Delmarva Shorebirds are in the middle of a six-game series with the Hillcats. Former Jefferson Forest baseball star Zach Peek – made his first appearance on the mound in Lynchburg on Wednesday. Peek finally got a chance to take the mound in front of the ones he loves. “I was making myself calm down as much as possible because it was easy to get excited. I saw faces in the stands that I haven’t seen in years. So, it was a real cool feeling I just had to go out and drink it in for a moment before I stepped on the mound to start the inning,” said Peek.
Peek threw for two innings worth of work before the rain postponed the game – at that point instead of throwing out pitches he began dealing out hugs. “I went up and gave some hugs and everything like that because they came out to see a couple of innings and we got some rain there. So, the hugs were more sorry hugs than anything because I had grandparents coming in from Tennessee and all over the place, so it was fun. I think another huge thing from last night was my brother being there. I do it for him as much as I do it for anybody I do it for my brother, my little sister, and my parents obviously,” said Peek.
For Peek feeling the love and support of the community – is a moment he’ll never forget. “Last year was tough on everybody, every single person when you’re out on the grass out there in the outfield and you have so fresh spikes on there’s just nothing like it. To have all those people out there last night it just makes it even more meaningful because it’s been so long since we had anything like that. Even on the rough days like I said it’s better to be out there then to not,” said Peek.