Last week, the Long County baseball team honored former player Mark Horne with a ceremony at the first home game.
Prior to the Benedictine Cadet game last week, the team, along with friends and family, gathered to remember Horne, who was killed in a wreck on July 3, 2008, on Rye Patch Road. He was 16.
A banner was placed on the centerfield wall and former teammate Chris Stock said a few words about his friend,
"Mark played baseball at Long County his freshman year. He was a beloved son, friend and teammate," Stock said. "He loved the game almost as much as he loved everyone else. [He] will always be remembered in the hearts of the fans, our teammates and coaches. We love you, man."
After the ceremony, Mark’s mother, Amy Horne, threw out the first pitch. The former Blue Tide player’s father, Mark Horne Sr., was unable to attend the ceremony.
"Mark loved baseball. He was a catcher and pitched some, but primarily a catcher. Baseball was something he really loved," Horne’s mother said.
"Tonight went well. It helps a lot when people remember him. It’s still hard, but it helps," she said.