After a thrilling first win in the College World Series, the TCU Horned Frogs look to keep the momentum going against Coastal Carolina Tuesday night at 8 p.m. TCU will most likely be riding off the energy of Luken Baker's three-run bomb that catapulted them to a 5-3 victory over Texas Tech in game one. However, the biggest source of inspiration for TCU comes from an off-the-field source.
Micah Ahern is a 7-year-old boy whose life changed forvever in 2010. Ahren was diagnosed with a form of cancer that only is found in small children, neuroblastoma. Ahren is also the main source of inspiration for the TCU run to Omaha. TCU head coah Jim Schlossnagle introduced Ahren to the team in 2013 and Ahren was offcially signed with the TCU family in 2014.
Ahren's cancer starting progressing just as the Horned Frogs went to face Texas A&M in the NCAA Super Regional. Despite not being in the dugout, Ahren's fight inspired the underdog Horned Frogs to another College World Series birth. Ahren may not be the biggest or strongest member of the Horned Frogs, but there is no one on the team tougher than him.
"He is the toughest 7-year-old I've ever seen," catcher Evan Skoug said, via the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "They say God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. And we've seen that's true with Micah."
The Horned Frogs even gave Ahern his own logo, a letter "M" inside a shield like Superman's (see photo below).
TCU's Superhero Micah Ahern.
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 19, 2016
It can be found on players' caps, shirts and signs. The Frogs have said they have prayed for and dedicated everything they have done and hopefully will do to Ahern. Ahern and his family plan to support the Frogs as they take on Coastal Carolina after an anonymous donor granted use of a private plane for the Ahern's.
There will not be a dry eye in the TCU dugout once they see their favorite teammate in the stands.