DANVILLE (WCIA) — Some people never plan leave central Illinois, it’s home.
For others, like Damian Pierce, it’s just God’s plan.
“It just happened to fall into place this one,” Pierce said.
A Springfield High grad, Pierce brought home a second-place trophy for the Senators in 2016. He went from Springfield to Champaign to play his college ball at Parkland where he came in second… again.
“Really all it’s going to do is make me a little bit more hungry next year to strive to get first place rather than second and try to finish it for good old Parkland College,” Pierce said.
Now this summer, Pierce continues his journey east, suiting up for the Danville Dans.
“His bat,” Dans head coach Eric Coleman said. He’s an athlete, he looks the part when he gets off a bus but he’s an athlete. A left-handed hitter that can swing the bat and he’s going to have a lot of schools on him when it’s all said and done.”
Through it all, Pierce’s heart and soul has remained in Springfield with his 9-year-old brother Tyler. He was diagnosed with leukemia in February, his second bout with cancer.
“I talk to him every day,” Pierce said. “I try to always give him a call, talk to him about how my game went or whatever. Or If I have bad game I’ll call him and he’ll try to make me smile. But yeah, I talk to him just about every day.”
One talk earlier this week was extra special for both Damian and Tyler.
“He fully accepted it and he 100-percent engrafted so all the cancer is gone,” Pierce said. “He’s got all clean cells and he’s doing great. So it’s awesome to hear. Me and my family, and I know all my friends and the coaches and everybody here is just really excited to hear that.”
Tyler didn’t get to see Damian play this year in person. His treatments were in St. Louis and he couldn’t leave the area. But with the recent news, Damian hopes his younger brother will soon be in the seats at Danville Stadium.
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