October 10, 2013 was the last time she touched a pitch or a baseball diamond. It was also the last time Tammi Hiser would watch her sons play.
"I knew it would probably be one of her last games and I knew she wasn't going to make it to next year's cancer game so I figured I would leave it all on the field for her to see…so I did," said Augusta junior Mason Hiser.
On that night, Augusta High's Cancer Awareness night, Mason Hiser scored a hattrick just for her. Her battle with breast cancer had lasted seven years. A few weeks later they lost her. But on the night of her funeral. Mason and his brother Gavin decided to play and again Mason scored a hattrick.
"She taught us a lot of things," said Mason. "Never give up. Pick your battles. And she definitely was the hardest fighter I think."
Now they must embrace the spring together. They move forward to their true passion, baseball, without their rock and their biggest fan.
"It's what she would want us to do," said Gavin.
"Even when she wasn't feeling it and my dad told her not to go but she said I'm going so he put her in the car and they went," Mason explained. "She was a loud one. If the coach did something wrong she was definitely not afraid to tell them."
To catch a glimpse of Tammi, look no further than the resilience and courage of her four boys. During Tammi's battle, in 2009, Gavin was also diagnosed with stage one Melanoma. A battle he drew strength from his Mom.
"I was scared because I didn't know if i was going to make it, " Gavin said. "But I knew I had to do what my Mom did and fight through it."
"It definitely brought us closer together," said Mason. "And made us lean on the Lord a lot more. We realized that he is always going to be there for us and when times get too tough fall on your knees and pray."
And he overcame, so this year baseball for the Hiser boys is a new chapter and a chance to be grateful for the love and legacy their Mom left behind.
"The first game of the season I walked out of the dugout and on to the field to go to short stop and I walked kind of slow until I got to the foul line and then I kind of just blank stared," Mason explained. "Thinking about all the battles my mom went through and how I was going to play my heart out this season since she's not here to watch me but I know she's still here watching me from up there and she's here for every game."