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Baseball season dedicated to De'Erick McCray

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By Pat Faherty

It was ideal baseball weather and the field was in perfect condition as the players lined up on the sidelines.
Baseball is back at Jackson Heights Park.
"This is a celebration of joy for the community," said Erica Cotton. "We all shed tears on a daily basis."
Cotton thanked the crowd for turning out and encouraged people to keep coming out to Jackson Heights Park and watch ball the games this season.
She is a coach with the Tee-Ball and Coach Pitch Softball League, but she is also the mother of De'Erick T. McCray, a popular 18-year-old who died in a traffic accident in January.
The league has dedicated its  2011 season to him. Last Friday, parents, players and supporters came out for the opening ceremony and season dedication.
 The players and coaches were introduced and a balloon release was held in McCray's memory. And this season the player's will wear ball caps with the initials DM.
A Quincy native, McCray had grown up playing baseball at the park, graduated from East Gadsden High School. At the time of his death he was a freshman student at Florida State University.
According to executive director Shawanna Moye, the young players have been practicing for a month now and are ready for the season to begin.
She said the league includes the Major League (7 – 9 years year old), Minor  
League (5 – 6 years old), and the introduction this year  of the Rookies (3 – 4 years  olds).
Games are played on Mondays and Wednesday evenings.