Elyria teen to place World Series Game 6 ball on pitching mound

LORAIN, Ohio -- She's never had the opportunity to even attend a Cleveland Indians game.  But on Tuesday night, it will be the first time for her to ever step inside Progressive Field, during Game 6 of the World Series.

Just before former Tribe pitcher Dennis Martinez throws out the first ceremonial pitch, Rosetta Shepherd, 19, of Elyria, will be in the spotlight, by placing a baseball on the pitcher's mound, then waving to the crowd.

"It was just super, super exciting. So, I'm like, everybody's excited, so I'm excited too," said Shepherd.

Rosetta is not a huge sports fan, and doesn't have a lot of sports memories, but she does have a passion for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, an organization she will be representing at the big game; a club that molded her into the woman she is today.

Shepherd battled self-esteem issues as a child, while suffering from a skin disorder.

"The club just helped me the whole way, and they just encouraged me that it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside, you have a heart of gold," Shepherd said.

Currently a freshman at Lorain County Community College, and an aspiring teacher, Shepherd was named Ohio Youth of the Year by the Ohio-Michigan Boys and Girls Club of America back in April.

When Major League Baseball asked the club if it wanted to send a member to the game to highlight the partnership between MLB and the Boys and Girls Club, executive director Mike Conibear says it was a no brainer.

Conibear says, "She's truly an asset to younger children in our organization."

A member since the age of 9, Rosetta is now an employee, working to tutor young kids who need extra help in school.

While she has memories here that will last a lifetime, she will soon have another memory that just so happens to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"I feel like I've been a role model and an example of the club. I feel like this is basically, I'm a protegee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, not just Lorain County.

After placing the baseball on the mound, Shepherd will get to watch the entire Game 6 and hopefully a World Series Championship for the Tribe.

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