CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- All Aidan Peters could think about for the last year was stepping onto the mound to play the only game he has ever loved.

"Every time I've gotten on the field it's like I'm a five-year-old again," Peters said with a smile.

In his first start in more than a year for Charlottesville, Peters shook off any nerves and retired the side against Albemarle in the first inning.

"Just nostalgic and I don't know just a rush of just happiness and just feeling like I'm at home," Peters said.

Aidan was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma nearly two years ago, but now Peters is finally back spinning his signature curveball for the Black Knights.

"Still absolutely dirty, filthy. Last night he struck a dude out," junior infielder Max Timmins said, "But it was like a breaking curveball, the kid swung right through and it hit the ground, but he still swung at it."

Peters family watches along from the bleachers with a nervous energy since the Ewing's sarcoma is in his right pelvis for a lefty pitcher using his right foot to plant. But the early nerves wore off for Aidan's mom Becca too once she saw him pitching again.

"Seeing how well he did like he's got this curveball that just drops right in front of the batter and it's really fun," Becca Peters said, "Exhilarating, I mean I'm not going to lie there were some tears."

But the road back has been an uphill battle larger than any mound. A few months after Aidan's cancer was in remission, last fall he found out there was a re-occurrence.

"He turned to me and said 'but I wanted to play baseball this spring' and seeing that in him," Becca said, "I was so heartbroken for him because he already sacrificed so much, he already lost so much."

As a high schooler, Aidan had only had one full season of baseball due to the pandemic and cancer.

"I was terrified honestly just because after missing all of last season and then being cleared pretty much a month after the season ended," Aidan said, "When I heard that I had the recurrence earlier this year I was pretty crushed that I might not be able to play my senior year."

But a doctor at Duke helped make Aidan's return to the mound happen with a few added precautions, like a cap to put over a port for chemo in his chest, not that anyone would know.

"There are times when I'll see him on the mound and he's pitching and I kind of want to go over to the visitor's and be like 'Do you know that that kid is battling cancer now?" Becca said, "But then the delight I feel when I know you can't tell."

Aidan juggles more than most high schoolers, leaving in the middle of some games for treatment, but has fought back to pitch again.

"Even if I'm not doing all that good I kind of just get in the zone where I just lock in and I don't think about much else other than baseball," Aidan said, "Every pitch is my biggest concern at that moment."

Soon Aidan will take his Make-A-Wish trip to Los Angeles where he will tour Paramount Studios, sail in the Pacific and also get a chance to connect with Los Angeles Dodgers and former UVA outfielder Chris Taylor at a game. The path to the mound has been bumpy, but Peters has taken everything in stride.

"Seeing him grow over the years into this player who is confident and calm and that's how he's treated his cancer too, he's confident and he's calm," Becca said, "And he's just like 'okay what do we need to do' and we're just going to keep swinging."