Athens dedicates baseball field to 15-year-old killed in UTV accident last year

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ATHENS, Wis (WSAW) -- "Tucker's here, we just can't see him. Many of us know it. We feel it."

15-year-old Tucker Westfall played baseball in Athens. The field he played on will now forever bear his name, but that doesn't make things any easier for his family.

"Happiness. Sadness," Tucker's father Dale Westfall said. "It ranges from one day all of a sudden it'll be as normal. Then the next day I'm expecting to see him at practice but he's not there."

Prior to Friday's game against Edgar, the team unveiled a bust in Tucker's image, that will now greet guests as they enter the ballpark. A flag featuring a bald eagle, one of Tucker's favorite animals, will now fly just below the American flag.

"I know what he's (Tucker's) thinking," Tucker's mother Tracy said during the dedication ceremony. "He's thinking this is the coolest thing. He's got a ball field in honor of his name. You know he's got a smile mile wide on his face."

The dedication was the culmination of nine months of work. The Tucker Westfall Memorial Field now has a new scoreboard, dugouts, and improved field. Improvements made so that future Bluejays can play the sport Tucker loved so much.

"This field represents Athens and what this community is all about. It is one more thing among many that Athens can be very proud of. It represents what Tuck is all about," Tracy said.

It will also help the Westfall family continue to heal.

"It'll be a nice legacy to him," Dale said.

A metal flag and bald eagle will also be installed in the gym in Athen's High School in Tucker's honor.

The Athens baseball team defeated Edgar in their game following the ceremony 16-6.