BOISE — As Timberline High went through pre-game warmups before its Senior Night game against Centennial on Monday, singer Tim McGraw's voice echoed from the loudspeakers.
"Someday you'll be looking back on your life, at the memories. This is gonna be one of those nights."
Appropriate lyrics for what was about to happen.
Timberline senior Eddie Gordon, an unofficial member of the team who was born with Down syndrome, was provided an opportunity to lead off the festivities. The original plan, in agreement with Centennial, was to intentionally walk Gordon, but Timberline coach Larry Price decided to let Gordon swing for the fences.
After several attempts, Gordon connected on a hit that sailed foul.
No one told "Fast Eddie" as he sprinted down the baseline to shouts of encouragement. As he reached first, Centennial overthrew the bag, allowing him to round the bases to home.
After his feet collided with the plate, the crowd erupted in chants of "Eddie" while his teammates carried him off the field on their shoulders. Timberline won the game 13-3 in five innings.