CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The game of baseball creates a lifelong bond with friendships going back to little league for Aidan Peters and when he steps on the mound there is also a sense of control.

"I can just slow things down and just kind of take a pause if I'm getting worked up," Peters said, "But also if I'm just like kind of getting in a groove, I can just keep going."

In his first full varsity season, Peters was leading Charlottesville in ERA as a sophomore.

"Absolute filth," teammate Max Timmins said, who has known Aidan since he was 10-years-old, "He's just been pitching for so long. He's so deceptive and like many people said he's got that nasty changeup, along with his curveball and a pretty good fastball. It's just filthy."

But nagging hip and back issues took their toll, at times leaving him unable to sit or stand.

"It was kind of like a shooting nerve pain that would like go down my leg," Aidan said.

Aidan's parents, Adam and Rebecca, took him to doctor's appointments and physical therapy, but the pain would not subside.

"Kept playing baseball and he did really extraordinarily well. He was playing varsity as a sophomore and he led the team in earned run average by a wide margin," Adam said, "And so he was being very successful. Not only was he playing but he was being very successful and probably in the back of my mind is kind of like well, how bad could it be?"

The pain became unbearable on a family trip over the summer to Port Angeles, Washington. In the fall Aidan had lost 50 pounds and the Peters family were met with an all too familiar diagnosis, cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma.

"I had some suspicions that it might have been because both my parents have had cancer in the past. And so that's always kind of in an anxiety of mine," Aidan said, "Getting all of those kind of worries confirmed was just kind of world crashing kind of. I didn't really know how to feel or how to how to act."

Adam and Rebecca are both cancer survivors, but hearing the MRI results for their son was overwhelming.

"I could tell you having a child with cancer is about 1000 times worse than having it yourself," Adam said, "I would have cancer, if I had a choice in the matter, I would have cancer 100 times before."

During an incredibly isolating journey though, Aidan has felt the support of the little league family he grew up with.

"Something about baseball that really does," Adam said, "I don't know if parents watching the games together what it is, but I mean, you make bonds with people."

"It kind of reinforces the feeling, still part of the community," Aidan said, "And I'm still like loved and supported."

In their final home game against Monticello on Thursday, Charlottesville will lace them up for their teammate, wearing custom "Aidan #17" shoelaces, which have helped raise $4,000 to support the Peters family and their medical expenses. Along with the Black Knights, Monticello, Miller, STAB and the Central Little League players and coaches are lacing up as well.

Aidan will also take the mound to throw out the first pitch as both teams celebrate his journey.

"I'm really able to pay for something bigger than me," teammate Ty Enoch said, "For this whole season I had been, but wearing those and bringing a piece of my boy on the field with me you just can't even put into words just emotional."

Nearing the end of treatment, Aidan is set on finding a way back to the mound with the same joy and control he has had since little league.

"I'm really excited for when I finally get to be back out on the mound because I've just been like, really eager to do it the whole time," Aidan said, "And so I think I'm just gonna be really kind of like a kid just like running out there all excited and ready to kick some butt takes names."