Santa Fe High School Baseball Team Plays Playoff Game, Offers Community Hope

Baseball players from Santa Fe High School and Kingwood Park High School come together around the pitching mound to say a prayer before their game in Deer Park, Texas, Saturday, May 19, 2018. A gunman opened fire inside Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, killing at least 10 people.

By Nancy Flory Published on May 22, 2018

“We’re a strong community, and there’s nothing that can faze us,” said Santa Fe High School baseball pitcher Rome Shubert. The Santa Fe baseball team played the regional playoff game Saturday night against Kingwood Park High School. There were no seats left in the stadium at Deer Park High School’s Jim Kethan Field. 

‘We’re Playing’

Just one day after the shooting at Santa Fe high school that took 10 lives and injured 13 others, the baseball team decided to take the field to give the community some hope. The regional playoff was originally scheduled for Friday night, but it was postponed. Coaches and parents left the decision up to the team whether or not to play on Saturday. “Coaches and parents said whatever they decided was fine. It’s your decision,” Mike Shubert, Rome’s father, said. “They left the room. [The players] came out about five minutes later and said, ‘Let’s go. We’re playing.'”

‘Santa Fe Strong’

Santa Fe players wore black sleeves on their arms that said “Santa Fe Strong” and had the number 10 on them. Kingwood Park’s players wore white t-shirts that also said “Santa Fe Strong” for the bus ride and during pre-game warmups. They later gave the shirts to Santa Fe players.

Some Santa Fe players painted crosses on their cheeks. Others put the numbers of their injured teammates on their cheeks.

Before the game both teams gathered in a circle and prayed together.

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There was no fairy tale ending to the ballgame. Kingwood Park won 7-0 and ended Santa Fe’s season. “After everything that happened, it was definitely hard to come out here and be as strong as they were,” Rome Shubert said.

But make no mistake. This was about far more than a game.

Playing Hurt

Rome Shubert said the team wanted to show the community that they’re stronger than the tragedy. “This kinda shows that we’re … gonna pick each other up and come out here, play, give the community some hope, some life, everything.” Shubert himself is a walking, pitching testimony. He’d been shot in the head and missed being paralyzed by less than an inch.

“I just went from Thursday night, pitching a game, to next day, shooter comes in our room and shoots it up, and I get hit in the head. Friends are getting hit. A couple of people in my class passed away. To come out here and have my team be as strong as they were … I’m really proud of them.”

Catcher Trenton Beazley was also shot. He was unable to play due to his injuries but was there to cheer on his teammates. His mom, Shirley, said she’s thankful he’s alive. “I just want to look at him every minute of the day right now and thank God every minute of the day that he’s right here with us.”

Shubert said the team had to “dig deep” for strength to play. “Things can bring us down, but we’re always going to come back from it. Nothing’s going to ever drag us down for the rest of time. We’re definitely going to bounce back from everything and come back stronger than ever.”

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