McKenna Downs, left, and her brother, Grayson, threw out the 2017 ACHS baseball season’s ceremonial first pitches Thursday afternoon prior to the Indians’ contest with Washington County. The team dedicated its season to the siblings’ mother, former ACPC teacher Kim Downs, who is battling ALS.
The Adair County High School baseball team lost its season opener Thursday to Washington County by a score of 19-6, but the real story of the day took place prior to the game, when siblings McKenna and Grayson Downs threw out the ceremonial first pitches.
Every year, the baseball team dedicates the season to a cause, and this year the team will be playing to raise awareness of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in honor of Kim Downs, a former Adair County teacher who is currently battling the disease. The team decided to let two of her children throw out the first pitches.
Public address announcer Chad Myers spoke on behalf of the organization prior to the game, and offered the following remarks: “Each year the ACHS baseball team dedicates the season to a cause near and dear to our hearts. … We dedicate this season to Kim Downs. Ms. Kim was a teacher at Adair County Primary Center. She was diagnosed with ALS a couple years ago. … We love you, Ms. Kim, and wish the best for you and your family. We proudly dedicate this season in your honor, Ms. Kim Downs.”
ACHS head baseball coach Mike Mantooth with McKenna and Grayson Downs prior to Thursday’s season opener against Washington County. Mantooth’s squad dedicated its season to McKenna and Grayson’s mother, former ACPC teacher Kim Downs, who suffers from ALS.