Western Hills High School Dedicating Memorial to Late Softball Teammate

April 3, 2019

By Mike Dyer

This afternoon, the Western Hills High School softball team will open its new high school softball field on campus in a game against Oyler and dedicate a memorial in Gabby Rodriguez’s honor behind home plate and the dugout. Her family will also receive a plaque.

Although the 15-year-old Rodriguez, who played as No. 13, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in September, her teammates and coach can still feel her presence. Their upcoming season is dedicated in her memory — the memory of a talented infielder who could’ve played on the school’s baseball team and had an indelible ability to make others laugh.

An hour before the first pitch at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Phillips and his 13 players will gather around three flagpoles beyond the outfield fence.

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