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Springer Tragedy Brought Mixed Emotions, Reactions to Saber Baseball, Bussey

Arguably the biggest storyline from the 2013 Twin Cedars’ baseball season was the tragedy that struck the team midway through the season in mid-June. Derek Springer was killed in a car accident, and many thought it would be a distraction for the team the rest of the way. If anything, Coach Matt Miller says, they turned it into motivation and added drive to achieve their goal of making the Class 1A state tournament. Miller says when it happened, the team and the community had mixed reactions. Miller tells KNIA/KRLS Sports that some the kids were in a state of shock, and just wanted to go practice and get it off their minds, while others just wanted some time to think. Everyone was continuously thinking of what they can do to help the family and join the community together to help out in any way. Miller says the incident really brought the team closer together, and for a little bit, almost made them feel like they were on their own little island, trying to make sure they were able to stay focused and handle things the right way. The Sabers’ coach says it was tough, and once they had a little bit of closure, his squad was able to loosen up a little bit and play better baseball.