LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KPTV) – The Lake Oswego baseball team has a ten-member senior class as the boys grew up with the game and grew together through some of life’s toughest times.
Fox 12’s high school spotlight with the Lakers is on what was a very important ceremonial first pitch for a rivalry game tonight against Lakeridge.
“It’s unique. It’s kind of like before,” said Jack Ferraro, a senior from Lake Oswego High School.
From little league to senior year, 17-year-old Ferraro loves nothing more than being on the yard with his lifelong Lakers buddies in Lake Oswego.
“I’ve always had a knack for the sport and it kind of stuck with me,” he said.
Always with a love for the game, Ferraro hasn’t been able to play ball since the summer leading up to freshman year.
“I’m left-handed and it was the left side of my body that took the impact of the brain injury,” he said.
Ferraro was one of three children seriously injured when the Suburban they were riding in crossed the center line of the 212 Freeway and collided head-on with a dump truck on Sunday morning in November 2018.
“It was very hard. It was very traumatic for all of us, but I feel like we grew from it, grew closer and made better friendships,” said Asher Abreau, another Lake Oswego senior.
A friend’s father was killed instantly while Ferraro continues to relearn life after sustaining a severe brain injury.
“It reminds me that things can get a lot worse, but it also reminds me to stay positive because I’ve never seen Jack get angry or really, he always stays positive,” Kellen Krebs said.
“He was the hardest worker. He was our right fielder and when I first got to know him he wasn’t the best but in the end he was the starting right fielder. He worked hard. He knew how to work hard and he worked hard every day,” senior Andrew Wong said.
What was true then is still true today, Ferrero is a fighter.
“I remember wanting to play the whole time I was in the hospital. Poor neuropsychologist. I think I tortured him,” he said.
After three months of 9th grade in hospitals, Ferrero continues his journey to more of who he was and he can be with constant physical and occupational therapy at Shriners Children’s Hospital.
“I can feel my hand, I just can’t get it to do what I want to do. I was told it was ‘use it or lose it’ so if I use it in the activities that I would do in my life, that’s how I’m going to get it back,” he said. declared.
Friday night, before the three river league showdown with the rival school across the lake, the Lakeridge cheerleaders stage a successful ceremonial first pitch that spanned more than four years on the mound in front of the community that still has Ferrero’s back.
“They were there for us the whole time, we weren’t forgotten, and I think that’s the most important part for all of us, at least for me,” Ferrero said.
“I feel like a lot of us are dedicated to each other because we want each other to win, we want to be successful, and we also play for Jack too because it’s the last time we play, and the last time Jack gets to watch us too and be around baseball and be with his friends,” Krebs said.
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