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Rochester Honkers help make young girl's wish come true

Rochester Honkers help make young girl's wish come true Photo: Rochester Honkers.

August 13, 2017 06:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Rochester Honkers opened their final series of the 2017 Northwoods League season on Saturday, and in the process of wrapping up another summer of baseball, they granted a wish along the way as well.

Eight-year-old Samaria Gerads, a Rochester-native, was at Mayo Field on Saturday before and during the Honkers’ game versus the Mankato MoonDogs through Make-A-Wish Minnesota. Samaria, who also goes by “Mia,” was diagnosed with four different types of epilepsy at a young age, and is a big fan of the Honkers.

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On Saturday, Mia got to enjoy the experience every Rochester Honkers’ fan dreams of living—she got to hang out with the team and the team’s mascot, Slider, during pregame warm-ups, as well as throwing out the first pitch.

Although initially shy, Mia eventually took advantage of an opportunity to announce a Honkers’ batter’s name—announcing outfielder Jordan Hart’s name when the Honkers were due up to bat in the bottom of the second inning .

Mia didn’t just announce a name in the press box either—she got to play the stadium music and sound effects, help run the scoreboard, and even learn how to operate a live camera.

Following the press box visit, Mia and her family got to enjoy the remainder of the Honkers' game against the MoonDogs on Saturday.

The Honkers will finish up the regular season on Sunday back at Mayo Field against Mankato. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.


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Sean Tehan

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