BEATRICE – With both family and friends in attendance, Jackson Trusty was honored with a memorial bullpen at the West Scott Street Fields.
Trusty unexpectedly passed away at the age of 14 in November of 2015.
On Saturday, the Jackson Trusty Memorial Bullpen was unveiled. His father, Eric, along with many other family members, was there to witness it.
“It was a great showing of the support from the community to help honor Jackson. It was really nice to see his old teammates come out and be part of this event, along with all of our family, cousins. A lot of Jackson’s cousins play baseball for the Bullets, so it’s pretty cool that are able to benefit from this and hopefully use it for years to come,” said Trusty.
The ceremony all began with the “longest game of catch in Beatrice history.” Beatrice Bullets and high school players all lined the fences of the baseball fields, and one by one, threw the ball to each other until it made it back to the bullpen.
The Bullets players and coaches all had a badge on their uniforms to honor Jackson.
“It’s a small community, but it’s a close community. We’ve got a very large family, a close family. It really meant a lot to see everybody out here, and the crowd out here, that was pretty cool,” declared Trusty.
Jackson also was a worker at the Beatrice County Club, and they will be hosting their second annual memorial golf tournament next weekend. Proceeds have been split between the golf course and baseball fields.
“That was one place you could always see Justin. You drove by the golf course, if he wasn’t on the course, he was on the range,” stated Trusty.
The scoreboard was lit up with Jackson’s number, four, on this special day.