Remembering a teammate

Friends and teammates of Amanda Sherwood attended a memorial for the local athlete, who passed away on June 24. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

Prince Albert Slo-Pitch League pays tribute to a longtime member

No player will ever wear No. 24 for the Prince Albert Slo-Pitch League’s Co-ed Division 4 Brawlers.

That was the number worn by Amanda Sherwood, a longtime member of the PA softball community, who passed away in her sleep on June 24 at the age of 28.

On June 29 around 70 friends, family members and teammates gathered at Lakeland Ford Ball Parks diamond 2, lined up on the base lines and released balloons into the air in Amanda’s memory. Aside from the Brawlers, Amanda also played for the Division 2 Aces and would sub in for other teams whenever they were a player short. On June 26, the league held a moment of silence in Amanda’s honour. Her team is also removing her player number, 24, from circulation and will display her uniform during games.

Amanda’s parents Gord and Marianne attended the tribute at Lakeland Ford Ball Parks on Thursday night. They said they appreciated seeing so many people come out to show support.

“(There are) friends and people we haven’t heard or seen for years, it’s amazing,” Marianne said.

“And its odd, too, because some of the friends that she’s made on these teams were also friends of her brothers. And one said, ‘We always knew her as Tom’s little sister, and now I know her as a person.’”

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