ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) –
The Robertsdale Golden Bears are fired up and for good reason. Tuesday night they rolled out the gold carpet for a special homecoming.
Announcer: “I’d like for you to give a warm Robertsdale welcome to #25 Keaton Krebs.”
After more than a year of treatment, Keaton managed to strike out leukemia — he’s now back in the game.
“It feels great to be with all my brothers and back… it feels great,” said Keaton.
It was a crushing blow last February when doctors told him the diagnosis, even worse when they said he would likely never play baseball again. But #25 proved them all wrong.
“I knew I was going to be back because I knew how I work. And I knew I was going to push to get back here. And that was my plan to get back out on the field,” said Keaton.
For head coach Peter Bezeredi and his teammates — the roster is once again complete.
“It’s just been a big lift to our team and our guys and everybody is just so happy to have him back. It’s hard to say I’m having a bad day… when you see all the things he’s been through and how much perseverance to get back to this point,” said Bezeredi.
“We were scared he wasn’t going to be able to make it back… but when we found out he was going to be coming back everybody was bouncing off the walls – ready for him to get into practice, hitting. He came out the first day and hit the ball… we weren’t expecting him to hit the ball like that, but he did,” said Tanner Duke.
Wearing orange “#Strikeoutleukemia” t-shirts — the community also never gave up hope. It’s very touching to Keaton’s mom and biggest fan, who has been there by his side.
“Aww that’s sweet… that’s the most awesome thing is the community. And I said that when we talked before – our community has been great,” said Kymberly Krebs, Keaton’s mom. “Makes it worth it… and he’ll tell you that too. Makes it worth it. Every bad day was just for this day today.”
Back on the filed underneath the bright lights – Keaton is living in the moment and loving every minute.
“It feels great… feels like a miracle, like I just got a huge weight off my chest,” said Keaton.
Keaton managed to hit a single. Another teammate ran in for him adding to their final score of 12 to 4 beating Satsuma.
Meanwhile, everyone who wore an orange “#Strikeoutleukemia” t-shirt got into the game for $1 — very telling for the sense of community in Robertsdale.
Keaton is also the Robertsdale school mascot. Back in November he surprised the entire student body at the “Senior Pep Rally” when he took off his bear head. Since then he’s worked to get his strength back after returning home from treatment in Gainesville, Florida. His older brother gave him a successful bone marrow transplant.