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Middle School Teams Play Ball in Honor of Fallen White Settlement Fire Fighter

A month after tragedy hit their town some of White Settlement’s youngest residents used their talents to help the family of a fallen firefighter.

The middle schoolers on the North Texas Muckdogs baseball team, a group that plays out of White Settlement, hosted the first Trevor Gage Memorial Tournament.

Gage, a firefighter in the city, was killed on June 26th when police say the driver of a black Ford F150 forced his motorcycle off of the road and hit him before fleeing the scene.

Not only was Gage a respected member of the small town, but he was also a husband and father of 3.

The town has rallied since then, raising tens of thousands of dollars online, and trying to help the family get by.

Austin Worley’s Muckdogs team was actually playing baseball in town the morning the news came out.

“We were playing in a semi-final game, right in that dug out when Trevor Gage passed away,” said the teen.

Few on the team had ever actually met Gage, but the members quickly agreed that they had to do something to help.

So the tournament was born.

The Muckdogs worked all month to raise funds, prepare Central Park, and gather donations for the concession stand.

Several of the teens worked 10 hours Saturday to clean up and prepare the fields, and by Sunday morning everything about the tournament had been covered; including umpires and field dues being donated.

As a result, all of the proceeds from the event would go straight to the Gage family.

Ten teams participated in the event. They raised $3800 for the family.

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