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Thursday, June 9, 2011 11:15 am


While he wasn’t in the starting lineup, it was clear to many that a Pleasant Plains teen was packing some heat when he threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field May 7.

Scott VonDeBur, 14, won the chance to throw down to relief pitcher James Russell at Les Turner’s ALS Foundation’s 17th Annual Lou Gehrig Day in Chicago.

“He threw a bullet right down the middle,” says Mark VonDeBur, his dad. “He’s always had like a rocket for an arm.”

Mark VonDeBur figures there are few people who get to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley field, but his 14-year-old son is now in that number.

“Obama’s from Chicago and he threw out the first pitch for the White Sox,” says Mark VonDeBur. He adds that as far he knows, President Barack Obama has never thrown out a pitch for the Chicago Cubs.

The young hurler is an avid Cubs fan and wanted to go to a game for his birthday. The soon-to-be freshman at Pleasant Plains High School got the next best thing when he and his family watched the Cubs match up with the Cincinnati Reds on a field trip with Scott VonDeBur’s sister, who attends an academy in Aurora.  

“It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Mark VonDeBur. “It was definitely big for him.”

The Cubs went on to best the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the ninth inning.