Alonso Student News
By Chloe Thrasher
Many already know that sophomore Joey Johnston was involved in an accident over the summer. He’s been in the hospital since, and many of his baseball buddies and other friends have visited him in the hospital.
Ty Bitman is a sophomore and a good friend of Joey. “Joey and I have been good friends since we were around the age of 8. We’ve grown up playing baseball together and from what I’ve heard, Joey is a great student and is always working hard in the classroom. Joey is a very talented baseball player who plays in the outfield and has always impressed people with his skill level. The whole team is here for Joey. We all talk about him every day and about how we miss just being around him.”
Sophomore Eric Young played outfield with Joey. “I’ve known Joey since kindergarten and him and his family have always been the best to me and all of his other friends. Joey and I were decent friends. We both played outfield together; him in center and me in right. He was an extremely talented baseball player with lots of potential. An injury as severe as his is so unfortunate. I remember him talking to a varsity teammate and how he was going to beat his records when he has the chance. Joey always had this competitive vibe to him. He’d never give up and he won’t ever give up. I know he’ll stay strong and get stronger. I hope for the best for him.”
Sophomore Zen Hiatt a great friend of Joeys says “I’ve known him since like the second grade and I’ve played with him for a while. He is a great centerfielder; you could ask anyone. Any pitcher would agree that if there was a ball hit his way, he would always have your back. Also, off the field, he was always there for anyone. The team has done a lot for him. We raised over $5,500 for the car wash last week and it was just cool seeing everyone come together. He’s very determined and a great student; I know he’s got this.”
Senior Jonathan Cruz says “He was a good young athlete who was really determined to get better. Me and him both played the outfield, so I tried to give him tips to help him improve. Ever since the accident, we’ve helped by selling bracelets around school and having a car wash to help raise money for him and his family. All the work and support that we have done has really brought the team together, and it shows that we are a true family. He quickly became an inspiration to us. We realized that we could have a magical season just for him. On the field, he was a good guy to talk to because you could always just talk about baseball and it would never be boring.”
Many students really care about Joey and want him to get better. They all want to be there for him and help him in any way possible. They try to make sure he gets better day by day, and we all hope he does.
If you would like to donate to help his recovery, the link is: https://www.gofundme.com/joey-johnston039s-recovery
If you would like to see updates with how Joey is doing, you can check the FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/prayersforjoeyjohnston/