Groesbeck: Benefit alumni baseball game will be poignant

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GROESBECK, Texas (KWTX) Two of the four children left behind after their parents were both killed in a tragic car accident will be suiting up to play in an alumni baseball game this weekend their father was instrumental in founding.

Daryl Ferguson (left) with one of his sons. (Courtesy photo)

For the last several years, Groesbeck High School has put on the event during which players go toe-to-toe with alumni of the school.

It was an event started by Groesbeck graduate and baseball enthusiast Daryl Ferguson.

Two of his children, Bryston, 17, and Camden, 15, are now on the high school teams, and Bryston will play in his late-father’s position—shortstop—along with the entire infield his father played with when he was at Groesbeck High School.

But the game takes on new meaning for the community this year after Ferguson, 36, and his wife Johanna, 38, died Jan. 18 when the couple’s Nissan sedan flipped on FM 39 near PR 5425A, south of Mexia.

Bryston and Camden along with siblings Kovan, 13, and sister Jaylee, 6, were not involved in the accident and all attend Groesbeck schools.

Groesbeck head baseball coach Ryan Cook was a teammate of Daryl’s and a friend since childhood.

“His family meant a lot to me growing up,” Cook said.

“I played with Daryl since I was 7-years-old. His kids mean a lot to me. I wouldn’t want to take the money and not give it them.”

Cook said while the game will no doubt be emotional for all, it will be very emotional for Daryl’s sons who shared a love of the diamond with their dad who often coached their teams.

“His kids are excited. Bryston is really excited,” Cook said. “They love the game of baseball and what we’ve deiced to do.”

Proceeds from a silent auction, food, and sales of T-shirts at Diamonds and Dust in Groesbeck will go to the family.

The shirts read, “In loving memory of Daryl Ferguson” followed by his number, 3.

An account to benefit the family is also set up at the Citizens State Bank in Groesbeck.