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.