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Bellefonte pays tribute to ‘DC8’ on Senior Day

by on May 17, 2017 1:55 PM

BELLEFONTE — After the ceremony was postponed because of rain May 12, the Bellefonte High School baseball team was given a beautiful day May 15 to remember Dylan Crunick.

Crunick, who would have been a senior this season, was diagnosed with cancer when he was 14 years old. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 15.

The team’s seniors, led by Garrett Reiter, wanted some way to honor Crunick’s memory. At the beginning of the season they decided to put a plaque in the home dugout. They raised money all season to make sure the memory of their friend and teammate would live on.

“Before he passed away, (Crunick) expressed that his biggest fear was being forgotten after he was gone,” said Reiter during the ceremony. “Dylan, I know you’re watching over us today and I want you to know that you have touched so many. Not only are you in the thoughts of all of us today, but every day.

"As our generation moves on and future generations come to the baseball program, we want to share the impact you’ve left on all of us. We want to dedicate this plaque in your honor so that you’ll never be forgotten and so you’ll be in the hearts and memories of this community forever.”

The plaque reads: “His Love And Passion For The Game Of Baseball, And Life Itself, Has Inspired The Many Who Knew Him Throughout This Community. Dylan’s Kindness, Perseverance, And Genuine Character Keeps His Legacy Alive In The Hearts Of All Those Who Called Him A Friend.”

DC8 FUND

Sherrie Magness, whose son played travel baseball with Crunick, is an example of how important he was to the community.

After Crunick’s passing, Magness got a tattoo on her right bicep. The tattoo shows a ribbon with “DC8” written on it and a heart-shaped baseball on top of crossed baseball bats. Around the outside are 15 red stars.

“Fifteen stars for 15 years old,” she said.

In Crunick’s memory, the DC8 Fund was started to provide financial aid to families in the community affected by cancer. The fund gives a yearly scholarship to a Bellefonte Area High School student. Schools across the district help support the cause.

SENIOR DAY WIN

After the plaque ceremony, the team played its Senior Day game, beating rivals Bald Eagle Area High School 4-2.

Reiter led the team on the field, going 2-for-3, driving in a run and scoring one of his own. He also earned a save, striking out three batters of the four he faced to end the game.

Fellow senior Ethan Corman got the win. He pitched five of the seven innings, giving up only three hits and two runs with four strikeouts.

With playoffs approaching, Reiter isn’t looking forward to his year being over.

“It’s been an incredible journey so far and I hope it doesn’t end soon,” said Reiter. “I’ve made a lot of memories and friendships through playing with this program and I look forward to continuing those.”

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