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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – It’s no secret that Henderson County baseball coach Adam Hines is cherished by his workforce.
So when polycystic kidney illness threatened his life and compelled him to step away from the workforce he cherished, it was a crushing blow.
“Once we began taking part in I used to be actually anxious to get again,” stated Hines. “I knew I couldn’t, however I used to be actually anxious.”
Hines was identified with the illness six years in the past. It was manageable for a number of years, however because it progressed, it posed a severe threat of taking his life.
However along with his kidneys functioning under 10 p.c, a hero stepped as much as the plate. In January, Hines discovered a kidney donor in David Gustafson in Connecticut. And in late March, Hines acquired the transplant that saved his life.
He needed to step away from the diamond for the Colonels’ first 19 video games as he recovered from the process. In his absence, assistant coach J.D. Arndt stepped in as interim head coach, however Hines wasn’t removed from the workforce’s collective ideas.
“Coach is all the pieces to us,” stated senior Dalton Sellars. “He’s the guts and soul of this workforce.”
“It’s extra than simply baseball,” Arndt stated. “He’s an amazing mentor.”
“We play for him,” stated senior Landen Hagan.
That hiatus was difficult, however it was the assist from his workforce and the Henderson household that saved his spirits excessive.
“I’m from Evansville. I coached in Owensboro for a bit of bit, however I really feel like we’re a part of the Henderson group now, going by means of that course of,” Hines stated.
That love and assist paid off final week when Hines made his return to the workforce. In his absence, the Colonels compiled a 12-7 report.
“I feel they dealt with I tremendously,” Hines stated. “I talked a bit of bit about the way it was going to go earlier than I left, and I feel they actually listened. I hope that in a roundabout way it was a bit of little bit of an inspiration for them. I do know I used to be impressed to get again.”
“We needed him to come back again to a reasonably good report, and hopefully received higher on a regular basis that we went out on the sphere,” Arndt stated.
The Colonels have definitely given Hines the report. However even when they go on to lose their final 11 video games, the Henderson skipper has realized that it’s much less concerning the play on the sphere. As a substitute, it’s so simple as being on the sphere.
“I might care much less about that report,” Hines stated. “I’m simply glad to be again. I do know the youngsters perceive that. I’ve expressed that to them. For me, it’s concerning the future, and making an attempt to set it up in order that I may be right here for a number of extra years, and I’m simply glad to be again within the park and again within the environment.”
And with a brand new kidney and a brand new lease on life, he lastly has that likelihood.
(This story was initially printed on Could 12, 2021)