The Byhalia Mississippi Little League recently suffered an unspeakable tragedy when 10-year-old Lane Rogers died when he was hit by a falling tree limb as he walked off the field during a storm delay. The tragedy left everyone in shock, from his close Byhalia teammates to countless others connected with the league. No matter how they tried to analyze it, there was no making sense of Rogers’ loss.
So, instead of trying to understand why they lost a friend, the Byhalia teams and their counterparts in other Little League chapters from across the region came together to honor Rogers’ memory, creating an honor guard of sorts, complete with hundreds of Little Leaguers lining the street for his funeral procession, all while wearing their team jerseys.
The scene was another truly touching final act in a young sports life in a matter of weeks, following on the heels of the late Malik Sparkman’s on field procession, carried back on to his team’s home turf by his teammates.
Yet this went even further. As reported by Memphis Fox affiliate WHBQ, youngsters came from other parts of Mississippi. They even came from other states (Tennessee). Then they watched Rogers get buried in his Little League uniform, a final testament to his passion for the sport.