Kyle’s Korner …
The Mingo Central Miners baseball team played the sectional tournament with heavy hearts because of the recent death of classmate Tyler Hatfield.
Hatfield was killed on his way to school last Tuesday morning on U.S. 52 on the Gilbert side of Horsepen Mountain.
Several of the players who attended Gilbert High School before the consolidation were particularly hurt by the untimely death. They had attended school with Hatfield for many years.
Many of the players, including twin brothers Josh and John May, called Hatfield one of their best friends. Several of the baseball players served as pall bearers at Hatfield’s funeral.
In the sectional tournament game the players had Hatfield’s name and his No. 10 in Carolina blue on the bill of their hats. Some of the players also used eye black and put Hatfield’s initials TH and/or 10 on their faces to honor their friend.
It was touching to see some of the former Gilbert players kneel in a special prayer before the game.
The death of their friend has deeply affected many of the young adults at Mingo Central. They will always remember their friend, who was only 17 years old when he was killed in the automobile accident.
But the good times and the memories his classmates have will never end.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com)