Autism Awareness Night at Sebastian River High School

Justin Diehl (center)
Justin Diehl (center)

Autism Awareness Night at the Sebastian River High School baseball stadium Wednesday, April 7, 2021, was a huge success. 

The Sharks Varsity Baseball team was hosting Heritage High School from Palm Bay, but before the game, SRHS alumni Justin Diehl threw out the first pitch and did an excellent job.

Justin is the Varsity Shark’s Baseball team’s biggest fan! I don’t think he has missed a game yet, including away games.

The 24-year-old arrived a bit early to practice before taking to the mound for the first pitch of the game.

Upon arriving, he received an official team hat and jersey from head coach Holden. Then several players gave him pointers in the batting cage and on the field, where he warmed up with the team. 

Justin was congratulated by head coach Todd Holden and assistant coaches Derrek Muller, Chris Thomas, and the entire team. Then he got to cheer the team on from the dugout, which helped as the Sharks won over Heritage 4-3. 

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About Tina Hodges
Tina Hodges is a Sebastian native. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied Business Management & Marketing at Indian River State College. Tina worked for Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became our VP of Sales & Marketing & Journalist. Tina joined Sebastian Daily in 2016.