Bravehearts pitcher TJ Wachter, a sophomore from Fordham University, was carried by his teammates to the mound in the seventh inning for his relief pitching appearance. Several batters later, he was carried off the field by his manager, Alex Dion, when he was yanked. It was his birthday and he had a great day, serenaded by the entire stadium with a boisterous singing of “Happy Birthday” and then his teammates told him at the last second that they were going to body surf him to the mound.

“It’s something I will never forget,” TJ said. “I’d seen them (Savannah Bananas) on TikTok and on social media, and thought that wow, that would be a fun environment to play in and to be able to be a part of something similar is very, very cool.”

His teammate Kosta Drosidis from Anna Maria College echoed the feeling.

“We play 64 games which are all serious business,” Kos said. “We have an inning where the bullpens were in play. That’s awesome.”