Former players turn out to honor coach

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Harlem softball coach Mike Leverett still has the letter Mark Moseley wrote to his daughter, the one he said would bring tears to your eyes.

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Harlem catcher Morgan Barton waits to tag out Greenbrier's Rachel Nimmons as she slides into home plate during the second inning.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
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Harlem catcher Morgan Barton waits to tag out Greenbrier's Rachel Nimmons as she slides into home plate during the second inning.

Former Greenbrier player Brittany Leverett, a member of Greenbrier's 2004 state championship softball team, was one of many players to receive letters at the end of the season from Moseley, the Wolfpack's assistant coach.

Before Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Harlem, Moseley received a folder stuffed with letters from former players who showed up to deliver their own letters to Moseley, who has battled cancer in his colon and liver since June 2007.

Moseley was asked to throw out the first pitch and was surprised to see his daughter emerge from the visitors' side and crouch with a glove behind home plate.

Jennifer Shearouse, a 2002 Greenbrier graduate, made the trip from Atlanta. Shearouse had last played softball in sixth grade.

One of Moseley's favorite photos shows his daughter poised to throw in her catcher's garb, with a leotard underneath. She had a performance later that night at Bell Auditorium and no time to change.

"Do you remember how to do this?" Moseley asked her.

Moseley's first attempt rolled to the brick backstop. His second was a little wide and Shearouse snagged the ball momentarily before it fell to the dirt.

The pair might have been a little rusty, but Moseley received a standing ovation. The Wolfpack presented him with a framed team photo signed by each member.

It was the 400th win for the program and coach Garrett Black. Moseley knows the numbers. He was responsible for keeping statistics the previous 13 seasons.

Wednesday's game was only the third Moseley has attended this season.

After his diagnosis in 2007, he underwent surgery to remove the tumor from his colon. But the cancer had already metastasized to his liver.

Moseley has undergone four sessions of chemotherapy and four surgeries since. After each chemotherapy treatment, the initial signs were positive. But the cancer adjusted.

Moseley decided Tuesday night to participate in an investigative study, one that will treat him with a brand new drug.

The goal is to shrink the tumors enough for doctors to remove them.

"We've got to find a chemo that works," Moseley said.

Moseley has been labeled by his family as, "Poster Boy," for the way he has handled his battle the past 21 years.

He said he had always been accused of being too optimistic before his diagnosis and now he is praised for it.

"It's just me," Moseley said.

By the end of the night he was tired.

He returned to Greenbrier's dugout to sit on the wooden bench. He glanced at the folder resting on a shelf and said he couldn't wait to read the letters inside.

Reach Stephen Fastenau at (706) 863-6165, ext. 116 or stephen.fastenau@augustachronicle.com.

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ReleehwEoj 09/17/09 - 05:56 am
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A fitting tribute to you my

A fitting tribute to you my friend.

coolette
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coolette 09/17/09 - 11:21 am
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The Pack continues to win on

The Pack continues to win on the field and in the hearts of others! What a great story about caring, commitment and service to others.

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LCC0256 09/17/09 - 04:04 pm
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Another fine article about

Another fine article about our local coaches and athletes. This story goes deeper however. Excellent job Stephen.

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