Lancaster (Lancaster County) -—It wasn't your typical mid-summer baseball game at Clipper Magazine field on Friday.
Friday's Barnstormer game against the Long Island Ducks honored five fallen Barons who died tragically during the 2010 - 2011 school year.
DeVaughn Lee, Nicolas Bryson, Cody Hollinger, John Griffith and Evan Heiser, were all members of the Manheim Central Football team.
"We have to represent their memories and rally together," said incoming senior Josh Good.
Good and his team-mates wore their football jerseys during Friday's game; others wore Manheim Central's burgundy and silver school colors.
Brandon Artman, graduated in June, but told Fox 43, “To be here as a team and community means a lot.”
Outside, Clipper Magazine Stadium, Diane Griffith held tightly to several balloons with her grandson John Griffith’s name.
“It’s bittersweet,” she said. She added, “It’s heartwarming and emotional at the same time.”
Before the start of the official game, each former player was honored in song, their families were given the chance to throw an opening pitch, and one thousand balloons were set into the air.
Good said, “It’s going to bring us together.”
Manheim Central opening game is scheduled on September 2nd against Lower Dauphin.