VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta High School baseball team returned to the field Tuesday night for the first since 14-year-old Colton Shaw died after being struck in the head by a baseball last week.
Six days after losing teammate Colton Shaw, the Valdosta Wildcats returned to the diamond.
"It's difficult for everyone. Especially his family, obviously. But, you know, we're working real hard trying to make the best out of a very difficult situation," said Coach Bart Shuman.
Shaw was struck in the head by an errant throw, while in the dugout at Colquitt County, prompting VHS to add new safety features.
"There have been some concerns about the dugout safety. And, as you can see behind me, that we've installed a ten foot fence. And, it needs to be addressed by Georgia high schools," said Coach Shuman.
Shuman has been helping players deal with the loss, while easing them back into baseball.
"We had practice on Friday and yesterday. And then, today. And, you can see them gettin a little bit better every day," said Coach Shuman.
But through prayers and support from the community, the team agreed they were ready to come back. Something Shaw's uncle Derek, says he would have wanted.
"i know it's emotional and all. But, what Colton would say to the team right now, if he could, 'Don't worry about Colton, let's worry about Lowndes High School and let's go out and win this game," Derek Shaw.
Derek Shaw played for the Wildcats in 1985 and was already scheduled to throw out the first pitch for the game against Lowndes. He said that honor will mean more now.
"When I think about it, I think about Colton. I know Colton is up there lookin down at us smiling. I know he's probably just fixin to bat up there in God's World Series," said Shaw.
Shuman said Colton will be with the team in spirit and will help them get through the rest of the season.
"He was a, tremendous young man. one of the best teammates I've ever been around. It's just gonna be a difficult time for our young people. And, getting back on the field today is going to help the healing process," said Shuman.