VA Tech Recovering Through Sports

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

On a day of statewide mourning for those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, life has begun to return to normal -- on the school's baseball field.

Friday night's game between the Hokies and the University of Miami was Virginia Tech's first sporting event since Monday's rampage by a student gunman.

While the Hokies lost 11-to-9, coach Pete Hughes said, "We won before we got to the field today. The scoreboard was insignificant."

Tears spilled down the cheeks of one player from the home team as a recording of Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni's poem "We Are Virginia Tech" echoed through the stadium. And several players cried as the national anthem played.

Miami players and coaches wore black wristbands in memory of the victims during the three-game series against the Hokies.

Monday's shootings left 33 people dead, including the gunman.

Junior Chance Hellman wandered near the diamond with a friend before the game. His friend, 20-year-old Nicole White, was killed in the shooting.

Hellman says "students need to get back to normal. Anything that keeps your mind off this thing is a good thing."

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