Remembering Zach…

Remembering Zach…

The teams gathered on the pitcher's mound in a moment of remembrance for Zach Waring. [Photo credit: Darchell Hacking]

GREEN RIVER — The Green River Knights baseball team wrapped up its home schedule Wednesday night by beating the Rawlins Raiders 11-1 and 12-2 in a double header at Stratton Meyers Park.

This would have been any ordinary midsummer’s evening twin bill, but Knights’ manager Ben Lail saw an opportunity to do something special in the home finale.

Green River opened the season against a Rawlins team suffering from an extreme and unexpected tragedy. Raiders’ teammate Zach Waring passed away right before the start of the season in early May. In an emotional ceremony on the night of the season opener, the team sadly retired Zach’s number prior to the game.

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Fast forward a couple of months to Wednesday night. The Knights routinely sprinted to the field like any other game, but tonight something seemed a little different. There was something different about the team’s uniforms.

Lail and The Knights decided to do something special for their fallen opponent, who they competed against throughout most of their young baseball lives. Instead of having their own names on the back of their jerseys, they put WARING in its place.

The Knights and Raiders pose for a group shot at dusk following Wednesday night’s game.

The Green River Knights have been through their own trials and tribulations this season, including the vandalism of their team bus earlier this month.

But through adversity people can often develop tremendous character. Both the Green River Knights and Rawlins Raiders American Legion baseball clubs showed their incredible class, sportsmanship, and compassion by honoring their old friend and rival Wednesday night.