AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) - On Sunday, the Georgia Regents Baseball team snapped a 23 game losing streak in walkoff fashion - giving Jason Eller his first career win as the Jags head coach.
The post game celebration was even more special for the Jags, who invited one of their smallest but bravest fans into the locker room. 8 year old Christopher Thompson has been battling brain cancer since 2011. Despite multiple extensive operations, Christopher's tumor is still growing and his family is running out of treatment options.
In November 2013, the Jags "adopted" Christopher and named him a Junior Jag. His family was given season tickets and he gets to spend time with the team on the field before and after games. Numerous team members even visited Christopher in the hospital after his most recent operation.
The Jags say that time spent with Christopher has given everyone on the team a new perspective.
"Chris is awesome," said Jags sophomore Hunter Boose. "Chris is what hold all of us together and keeps us positive. At the end of the day, you look at him and you think 'Why can't be thankful for everything that I have?'. There's no negative thoughts when you think about Chris because he keeps you strong by how strong he is."
"He's made us better people," added head coach Jason Eller. "I know he's made us a better ball team. I only hope we can give him a few more smiles throughout his day cause he's the toughest young man we've ever been around."