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Bryce’s love of T-ball lives on
Nathan and Jennifer Tomerlin hold the ribbon steady April 27 as their daughter, Brianna, wields the scissors to dedicate a T-ball park in Stockdale in honor of Brianna’s late brother, Bryce.
STOCKDALE -- Young and old gathered April 28 for a special dedication for a young lad who did not get a chance to live out his dream of playing on the T-ball team.
Bryce Porter Tomerlin, the son of Nathan and Jennifer Tomerlin, passed away Feb. 25, 2013, at the age of 2. During his short life, Bryce’s contribution to the T-ball park that will bear his name was noticed by others.
“Bryce’s mother, Jennifer Tomerlin, has been a board member with Stockdale Little League. Last season (2012), she was the T-ball coordinator for our league,” said Stockdale Little League Secretary Dana Zella. “At that time, Jennifer’s daughter Brianna played on a T-ball team. Bryce was not yet old enough to play, but was in attendance for league events and his sister’s games.”
These games are played at the central park, located next to the Stockdale Industrial Park, made possible through a $75,000 Local Park Grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in late 2009. Included in the park’s plan was a T-ball field.
Zella said the Little League parents began to hold workdays to prepare the field in the fall of 2011.
“At the field work days, Jennifer brought both Bryce and Brianna to help out,” Zella said. The children “were both very involved in assisting with the installation of the base anchors and also the setting of home plate on this new field. They were both very excited to be helpers. Jennifer said that Bryce couldn’t wait to be old enough to be able to officially play ball. Unfortunately, Bryce’s illness took a turn for the worse and he did not have the opportunity to play on one of our teams.”
The Stockdale City Council, during its April 2 meeting, approved the dedication of the T-ball park in Bryce’s name.
Bryce’s great-grandfather, Hubert Tomerlin, was involved in the creation of the Stockdale Little League and also served as mayor of Stockdale for many years.
“Bryce’s family on all sides is known for dedication to community and family functions,” Zella said.
Bryce, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, is a great example that you are never too young -- or old -- to make a contribution to the community.
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