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Tritons baseball players and members of the Spatz family dedicate the banner honoring the memory of Chris Spatz. Photo by Kevin Dahlgren
Tritons baseball players and members of the Spatz family dedicate the banner honoring the memory of Chris Spatz. Photo by Kevin Dahlgren

San Clemente Times

Every year, before the start of the new season, the San Clemente High School baseball team hosts its annual alumni game. This year, the game meant a little more for the alumni and current players who participated as they got to honor friends and teammates who passed away in 2013.

The Tritons baseball program mourned the loss of Chris Spatz, a graduate and baseball alumni who passed away last year. Spatz’s friends and teammates, Kyle Champieux and Michael Schrey, wore Spatz’s old number, 22, in honor of their friend. A banner with his name and jersey is now displayed on the left field wall of Sisca Field.

There was also another banner put up, honoring the memory of San Clemente’s Nick Pasquale, who died on Sept. 8 after being struck by a car in town. Pasquale’s older brother, A.J., played baseball for the Tritons for four years. The Pasquale family was in attendance at the game and A.J. put on the cleats to play.

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