Ohio Youth Baseball Team Played For Fallen Heroes This Weekend; Including A Local Marine (PHOTOS/GALLERY)
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO (NNDC) – This past weekend, a group of young men from the Newark/Heath, Ohio area took part in a holiday baseball tournament in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The team, the Licking County 9U Magic, made up of players nine and younger played in a tournament this past weekend in honor of 12 fallen servicemen in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A member of that team is Tannar Patterson. Tannar is the first cousin of LCpl Alec R. Terwiske. Tannars cousin was killed in combat in Afghanistan in September of 2012.
Tannar is the son of Dane and Amy (Eckert) Patterson of Heath, Ohio, both Dubois County natives. Amy and Alec’s mother, Sandy (Eckert) Terwiske, are sisters who grew up in Celestine where LCpl Terwiske is buried. Tannar wore #30 on his special uniform this weekend, the same number is cousin wore when he played baseball in high school at Northeast Dubois.
By Emily Maddern / firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWARK – This Memorial Day weekend, the Licking County Magic 9U travel baseball team will be paying tribute to fallen heroes.
Rather than wearing their names on the backs of their uniforms, the boys will wear special uniforms with the last name and rank of a fallen hero on the back. The number also will be significant to their fallen hero’s life.
General Manager Dane Patterson said he and the coaches do their best to teach the boys about the game of baseball but also to understand the significance of days such as Memorial Day.
“I think even a 9-year-old can appreciate what people have done for our country,” he said. “The team is really amped up to wear the jerseys, and we’re hopeful it will be a good weekend.”
The idea for the jerseys stemmed from a personal tribute the Patterson family wanted to make for Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske, Dane and his wife Amy’s nephew, who was killed Sept. 3, 2012, in Afghanistan.
Terwiske, of Dubois, Indiana, was 21 when he died. Amy said her nephew loved his job and was proud to call himself a U.S. Marine, adding she doesn’t want him to be forgotten.
“I know for my sister, the most important thing is that he isn’t forgotten. These fallen heroes no longer have a voice, and we want to give them one,” she said.
Through online research, Amy was able to find names of military members from across Ohio to include on the jerseys. Four of them have personal connections to families on the team.
The boys on the team were encouraged to try to contact the families of those they would be memorializing, and the ones who were successful have received nothing but positive feedback, Amy said.
The meaning of the tribute is not lost on the boys. At a fundraiser for the team, a police officer who had won $85 in a raffle decided to donate the money to one of the players, Zach Morrow, to host a pizza part for the team.
But rather than use the money for that, Zach chose to donate the money toward the jerseys, saying it was more important than a pizza party.
The Licking County Magic will wear the uniforms during a tournament this weekend in Bowling Green. Dane and Amy’s son, Tannar, will wear his cousin’s name and the No. 30 on his jersey, Terwiske’s baseball number from high school.
“We just want to remember all of them,” Amy said of the military members on the jerseys. “Those kids are going to be playing for them.”
Fallen Heroes Honored
The following members of the military will be honored on the Licking County Magic jerseys:
•Lance Cpl. Alec Terwiske, U.S. Marines
•Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Hughes, U.S. Army
•Sgt. Daniel Rice, U.S. Marines
•Sgt. Benjamin Laymon, U.S. Army
•Pvt. 1st Class Jeffrey Rice, U.S. Army
•Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown, U.S. Army
•Master Sgt. Shawn Hannon, U.S. Army National Guard
•Spc. Joseph Riley, U.S. Army
•Sgt. Louis Torres, U.S. Army
•Maj. Michael Donahue, U.S. Army
•Spc. Angel Lopez, U.S. Army
•Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Keller, U.S. Army