Burnsville High School was profoundly grief-stricken last August when 17-year-old baseball standout Ty Alyea was killed in a rollover crash on his way back from Canyon Falls. On Tuesday, the community united for "Ty Alyea Night" to honor his life at the Alimagnet Baseball Diamond before high school baseball season comes to a close.
"It makes my heart rumble seeing everybody and how Ty's not here, seeing everyone playing baseball, enjoying it, and Ty can't," his brother Drew said.PHOTOS: Ty + teammates
Ty's family was escorted by head coach Mick Scholl, joining his team on the field, the crowd silent as the third baseman and pitcher's jersey was presented to them. Scholl said Ty had the skills to be a Division I player.
"It's massively awesome that they're standing by us in this, standing by over the long haul," Lori Alyea, Ty's mom said.
Matthew Berger, 17, and 18-year-old Cole Borchardt were both critically injured in the rollover and Tylan Procko, 17, was also injured. Berger and Procko were wearing their seat belts but Alyea and Borchardt were not, and were ejected from the SUV.
"We were just heading back from a fun day at Canyon Falls and a crash happened on our way home just listening to music and having a good time," Procko, now a senior, said. "A lot of people remember him as a good guy, a good teammate, and a good friend and I think that's how people will always see him."
Ty's mother and family now escorted off the field. pic.twitter.com/cdoupBzqpc— Iris Pérez (@IrisPerezFOX9) May 12, 2015
"I loved his love for baseball, I loved his love for others." quoted over loudspeakers now. pic.twitter.com/ASIW8VSJq6— Iris Pérez (@IrisPerezFOX9) May 12, 2015