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For 'Skinny'! Indians Make School History

With hugs all around and high fives the Carlisle Indians declared out loud "We do it for 'Skinny'!"

Wednesday night KLTV brought you the story of Coleton Wedel and the Carlisle Indians. The Indians have dedicated their post season fight to Coleton, nicknamed Skinny, as he fights a rare bone cancer. 

Saturday afternoon, the Indians picked up their game that was called by rain Thursday night against Grapeland. The game started as a 4-4 tie and was broken in the first seven minutes of play.

Carlisle won 5-4 to advance to the regional finals. It is the farthest the Indians have ever been in the playoffs.

Saturday was special for Carlisle not just because of the win, but because of who was there.

Coleton was in the stands and in the dugout watching the Indians win. He has been undergoing treatment in Dallas at Children's Medical Center.

Coleton's presence was remarkable not only because of his health but because of his motivation. Before Thursday's game was called because of rain, the Indians were losing 4-0. But late in the game, Coleton arrived and the Indians staged a four run rally.

"I really didn't tell them anything," Coleton said after Saturday's game. "I just went in there and they rallied around me and they started saying that's for your Skinny. It just makes me feel a lot better, like I'm part of the team even more so than I already am."

"It was very exciting in the dugout, just to see everybody come in and say that one was for you Skinny. We're farther than we've ever been and we're doing it for you. That just makes me feel real good."

Price Carlisle will meet Lovelady in the regional finals. If the Indians win the series, they will earn a trip to the state tournament.

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