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Mason Goodnight: Who was child honored during Little League World Series?

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Mason Goodnight and his friends. Pic credit: Sean Baute/YouTube

Mason Goodnight’s death affected his baseball teammates greatly. This is because Goodnight was a little league baseball player who died at the age of 10.

At the Little League World Series on Friday, pitcher Grayson Newman bent down and scratched the number 11 into the ground. This is his tribute to his friend.

Mason Goodnight died in 2017 at the age of 10 due to a rare form of bacterial laryngitis. His number when playing baseball was 11. Every strikeout that Newman has thrown since then finishes with the same action.

Newman bends down and scratches the number 11 into the ground.

Newman and his teammates from Bowling Green walked out as the Little League Great Lakes Champions. They carried their championship banner, but one child on the side carried Mason Goodnight’s uniform.

Mason was with them in memory still two years after his death.

“I think it’s just important to honor him,” Newman said. “He was one of my best friends. We were really close. He’s helped us through so much, and it really means a lot to me.”

The team lost with a score of 2-1 on Friday night in a tough game to Minnesota in the LLWS opener. Mason Goodnight’s father Jef was a coach for the Kentucky team and he said, even more important than the win, was the kids on the team making sure no one ever forgot his son.

“Wherever we go, whatever they do, they tell his story, and that’s just absolutely amazing,” Goodnight said.

In some interesting trivia, no child is allowed to wear the number 11 at the Little League World Series, so this honorary uniform carried out is the only time anyone will ever see it.

The number 11 was retired at the LLWS for Michael Cammarata, a former little league player who died as a firefighter during the 9-11 rescue attempts at the World Trade Center.

As for Mason Goodnight, his memory lives on at this year’s Little League World Series. His team’s loss was not an elimination and they get to fight on in the loser’s bracket.

Every game will see Grayson Newman and his teammates ensuring that the world always remembers their old friend Mason Goodnight. For them, he will live forever.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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