BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Twin Falls baseball team is just two days removed from winning its third state championship since 2011.
Numerous players shed tears of joy after the accomplishment, but for some on the roster those tears fell for a reason larger than themselves.
"He was in a front row seat to that game. I miss that man. He – he'd love this," said senior Chase Hagl after the win.
Hagl was talking about his late teammate, classmate, and friend Terex Hatfield. Hatfield was killed in a jet skiing accident in July 2016.
For this year's Bruins squad, winning the state title has special meaning, especially for D'Artagnan - Terex's little brother.
"My brother was killed during the summer, so they gave me his number, so it's been a really good experience. We all got "12" cut into our hair, so we could definitely feel him here. It's been really hard but really fun," said the younger Hatfield through tears.
"At the start of the year we talked about it – that we wanted that "12" on our cap. We put it on the back of our cap and we went out there and it's special. It's special because we know how Terex is: he's a competitor and a really good teammate. That's something we strive on all year. This ain't going to be about you, it's going to be about us. That's the big thing we really stressed because that's what Terex was about," said Twin skipper Tim Stadelmeir.
Twin Falls finished the season with a 27–3 record.