Mid-State Toyota “Athlete of the Week” Tyler Bova

Stephanie King

There is a quote from Michael Jordan that says, “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” This quote holds true for one Randolph County athlete who fought and worked hard the past ten months to return to the game he loves. This past week he saw his hard work pay off as he returned to the baseball diamond in front of a community that has followed his story and has had his back the past few months. This week’s Mid-State Toyota “Athlete of the Week” is Trinity’s, Tyler Bova.

Bova, a senior, took the mound in his first varsity baseball game since a tragic accident last summer took the lives of his parents and younger brother and left him not knowing if he would ever be able to walk again. After months and months of surgeries, physical therapy, and training, Bova proved the doctors wrong and made the community of Archdale-Trinity extremely proud. On Thursday, Bova started at the pitching position and helped the Bulldogs to a 13-0 win over PAC-7 opponent High Point Andrews.

His hard work and dedication showed in the first inning of play as he struck out one batter before catching an infield pop-fly for the final out of the inning. Pitching would not be the only part of the game Bova would play. He made four plate appearances and picked up a couple of hits that were caught for outs before drawing a walk in his final at-bat of the game. Bova pitched all five innings of the game and finished with five strikeouts and the biggest smile anyone has ever seen.

Although Thursday was Bova’s first game back, he has been with the team the entire season and has cheered them on as any great teammate would. He is the type of player that any coach would love to have on his team and that any fan would love to root for. No matter how the rest of the season turns out, Bova will remember this moment for the rest of his life. He defied the odds and proved that hard work and dedication pay off in the end. It was said decades ago, but Babe Ruth said it best, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

Congratulations to Tyler Bova on being named this week’s Mid-State Toyota “Athlete of the Week!”

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