Golden Bears honor a fallen friend at state

Golden Bears honor a fallen friend at state

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Some things are bigger than the game of baseball, regardless of how far as team is in its tournament run. On Thursday, June 9, the Waynedale Golden Bears and Liberty Union Lions took time to pay homage to one of Waynedale's own who had recently passed away.

Before their Div. III state semifinal contest at Canal Park in Akron took place, during introductions, Waynedale starting pitcher Trey Barkman brought a golf bag to the first base line. The bag belonged to his good friend Deegan Bee, who passed away in a tragic automobile accident two days earlier. Before the anthem, the crowd paid a moment of silence for Bee, and the Golden Bears had some serious added incentive to dedicate this game to him and his family.

“It was an emotional moment for us, and especially for Trey,” head coach Lucas Daugherty said. “Our guys definitely wanted this game a little extra, just to honor Deegan."