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April 17, 2014

Baseball tourney to be held in Wiles' memory

DUNCAN — The Duncan Middle School baseball team will hold a tournament in memory of the late Alyssa Wiles.

Baseball coaches Andrew Bowers and Eddie Mullins wanted to host a middle school tourney. When they started plans, they discussed dedicating it to Wiles, who was murdered June 10, 2013. Wiles was 14 at the time and had finished her final year at DMS.

“We felt like we needed to keep her memory alive and do what we can to support her scholarship fund (the family) established,” said Mullins, who was Wiles’ social studies teacher.

Mullins remembered Alyssa Wiles as a “sweet, young girl, just full of life.” He remembered her favorite colors were lime green and purple. The DMS baseball team will honor her by wearing lime-green camo uniforms with purple numbers.

“She always had a smile on her face,” Mullins said.

Mullins added that many middle school clubs and community members have helped with scholarship fund donations and tournament expenses. Some people have donated items for concessions.

“I think it’s good for our community and good for our school to support the family of one of our students,” he said.

Pool play starts Thursday at 11:45 a.m. at the Duncan Middle School ballfield. Play continues Friday with games at the DMS and Duncan High School fields at 11:30 a.m.

The top two seeds in each pool advance to bracket play Saturday. The semifinals are at 3 and 5:15 p.m. and the championship is at 7:30 p.m.

Brad Wiles, Alyssa’s father, will throw out the first pitch for the championship game.

Admission to the tourney is $5 per day or $10 for the entire tournament. Admission fees go to a scholarship fund in Alyssa’s memory. People may donate additional money if they wish.

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