SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Orioles won, 14-4, over the Twins in the May 1st Senior Division (grades 7 through 10) game of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL), but no one will be talking about the score today.
What they will remember is the moment when 12-year-old Benjamin Fei, who has Down Syndrome, hit his first home run in a little league game in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
"It was incredible to see how his Twins' teammates and opposing Orioles' players embraced Benjamin crossing home plate," said his dad, John Fei, after the game. "He was beaming the entire night until his little head hit the pillow! A HUGE shout out to Coach Dursee and his staff, all the Twins and Orioles players and all the fans cheering from the stands who made this magical moment for Benjamin."
Last year, the baseball league honored Benjamin with its David M. Ferro Sportsmanship Award (5th-6th grade division) on Opening Day. He also is a Special Olympic athlete who has raised thousands of dollars to support Special Olympics. In 2018, he modeled a line of Tommy Hilfiger athletic wear developed with special athletes in mind.
"It puts into perspective what sports should be all about," said Orioles Coach Tim Dursee, whose pitcher, Ian Hobbs, threw strikes that Benjamin would have a chance to hit.
Here is the video of Benjamin Fei's home run: