BRISTOL, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Liberty Bulldogs were back on the home field Tuesday, putting up a 14-3 five inning win over Wewahitchka.
Winning that game no doubt important to the players and coaches and the extended Liberty baseball family. Playing there even more important.
That's the same field where a week ago Sunday Liberty head baseball coach Corey Crum and his wife Shana were both killed in a tragic accident while the coach was working on Liberty's hurricane damaged scoreboard.
Before the Bulldogs hit the field for that game, we spoke with some of the players and a few parents as well, in the wake of their win at Maclay Saturday, and as they prepared to play on the home field Tuesday in honor of their fallen coach and his wife.
"It felt good to get back on the field (Saturday) something that he would want us to do." said senior Brice Dillmore. "We played good, I think we would have made him happy. We're not gonna win every game for coach. It's just, as long as we play like he wants us to do, that's all we can do."
"And we all grew real close to him." said senior Brady Peddie "Not just becaue he was a good coach, but because he was a good guy. I mean he would text us on the "ushe" (usually) always hitting us up, seeing how we're doing, how we're feeling, what we're doing. It's been tough out here. We're trying to do what he would want us to do. I don't have my hat on, but a lot of these guys, 'Cowboy up' 'Be a cowboy' that's what we said."
The team parents we spoke to also felt it was important for the boys to be back on the field playing baseball, and they told us they are proud of the way the young men are handling themselves in this very tough time.
"Well it feels good." says Jeremiah Waller, who son is a sophomore on the team. "It's gonna be a little emotional for the kids and for the fans. And for the community. The good thing is we've all come together. Today's gonna be a good day for baseball."
Stacie Fant's son is a senior on the team and she told us "It's emotional but I know that Corey and Shana would both want us to come back and give 110 percent. And he's worked so hard to get these boys to where they are today. And I just hope that they continue to remember the things that he said and it keeps moving forward."
With the win over Wewahitchka Tuesday the Bulldogs are now 6-3 on the season.