Liberty County baseball takes the field after tragic loss of head coach

By: Sophia Hernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Liberty County High School community watched their boys take the field almost one week after they lost their beloved coach.

Liberty County head baseball coach Corey Crum, 39, and his wife, Shana Crum, 41, were killed in an electrocution accident on March 10.

Now, the team is trying to return to the sport that Coach Crum loved so much.

As the crowd cheers them on, the Liberty County High team is ready to play some "Bulldog" baseball.

Mannie Stafford, the head coach for the baseball team, looks forward to being back on the field saying, "I think we were ready to play today. The kids were pretty excited. They were kind of wanting to show the work that Coach Crum had laid out for us during the season, the hard work and the dedication and giving it 110 percent."

The boys played their first game after the loss of Coach Crum. As Roger Reddick shares, it shows the strength of this team and community.

"You turn and see these people here, it's just remarkable the spirit this county shows," he said.

People from Liberty County sitting in the stands followed the Crums' example, treating the kids as their own.

"These kids, even though people here don't have kids, these are still their kids, and it's just a big family thing here and the Crums are a big part of that. They made this community become really close," Reddick says.

The family was emotional at the game, seeing firsthand the impact that their loved ones had on others.

Coach Corey Crum's cousin, Caleb Crum, expresses, "It shows how much they meant to the community and what they've done. They are good people, there's no other word for it."

With every pitch and swing of a bat, the love and support for the Crum family is felt throughout the ballpark.

Reddick describes. "It's just something you have to see it and feel it, you feel the love of the community and it's a great thing."

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