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Valdosta community gathers for Colton Shaw Clay shoot tournament

The Quitman community gathered a year after a high school student's death (Source: WALB) The Quitman community gathered a year after a high school student's death (Source: WALB)
Many came to show support (Source: WALB) Many came to show support (Source: WALB)
Target practice was a highlight of the event (Source: WALB) Target practice was a highlight of the event (Source: WALB)
Brian Gay (Source: WALB) Brian Gay (Source: WALB)
Penny Turner (Source: WALB) Penny Turner (Source: WALB)
QUITMAN, GA (WALB) -

It's been one year since a Valdosta High School baseball player died from a head injury during a junior varsity baseball game.

Saturday, over 100 shooters came out to the first Colton Shaw Sporting Clay Shooting Tournament to support the Shaw Memorial Fund.

Shots were not the only sounds ringing through Southwind Shooting Range.

"We've talked about a lot of good Colton stories and a lot of good Colton memories," said family friend Brian Gay.

March 26, 2016, marks the one year anniversary for the Valdosta High School baseball player who was in an unfenced dugout when he was hit in the head with a baseball. He later died at the Tallahassee Memorial hospital. 

Organizers say it was important to be together one year later.

"Colton was such a special kid and such a great human being that us being together today just shows the community and shows how much we love him," said event coordinator Penny Turner.

Over twenty teams competed in Saturday's clay shooting tournament.

"That's something that Colton loved. He loved to clay shoot. We used to have clay shoots in my backyard and at friends houses so he always enjoyed that," said Turner.

The 14-year-old also loved encouraging the people he encountered.

"He was a good ball player and what I liked most about his playing is that he encouraged others. 

Someone could strike-out and he would still go up to them and say, "Hey, you were close with that one," said Gay.

Organizers plan to use the money raised in the tournament to put together scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the Valdosta area.

"To keep his name alive, to keep his memory alive by the scholarship fund," said Turner.

Just one way they say that Colton can continue to support his peers.

"He just saw the good in everyone and loved everyone," said Gay.

In addition to the tournament, T-shirts were also sold with the player's initials and team number.

The event wrapped up early Saturday afternoon, and officials say they were still counting donations after it. 

The total was expected to be more than they could have ever imagined.

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