"It was very bittersweet," Mataya said. "I was so scared for him to play. Every time he went on the field, I cringed. I'd actually walk out of the room. He was confident all along, but I didn't want him to take a hit. I was so nervous, but once he caught that first ball, I actually got teary-eyed. He has come such a long way, and I knew he was so excited to play that day. For a little bit, he didn't think he'd play again. It was an amazing feeling after seeing how hard he worked."