Injured Roswell students throw first pitch for Isotopes

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some very special guests threw out the first pitch at the Isotopes home opener Friday.

The two victims of a shooting three months ago at their Roswell Middle School, are moving forward in their recovery.

Not only did these kids get to throw the first pitch in the Isotopes’ home opener, they were also very excited to meet Dodger legend Tommy Lasorda.

Family and friends got emotional when Kendal Sanders and Nathanial Tavarez moved towards the pitchers mound.

Kendal went first throwing with her left arm. She was hit in her right shoulder in January when a fellow seventh grader shot her.

Nathanial suffered the worst injuries, he was hit in the face, neck and chest with birdshot.

But that was all behind them Friday.

Nathanial loves baseball and his family says he practiced for this moment and it paid off.

The packed crowd cheered them on.

“I think I did amazing,” Nathaniel said.

“I feel really good I’m really excited that I did it,” said Kendal

Both kids say they’re doing well in their recovery.

Nathaniel’s family was worried about his eyesight but they say after surgery, he can see much better in his right eye. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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